Khmer community celebrates ’emerging Cambodian power,’ hoping for one of their own on City Council next year

When Anthony Kim ran for the 2nd Council District seat in 2006, it was to make sure the largest concentration of Khmer people outside of Cambodia had their own representation on the Long Beach City Council.

“I thought that the Cambodian community had been here a long time and didn’t have a real voice,” said the Long Beach resident, who came to the U.S. in 1981 as a child refugee fleeing the Khmer Rouge.

Kim didn’t win, but he did help start the Cambodian American Civic Engagement Council in 2010, and four years later helped put together a mayoral debate that had a crowded field of candidates.

In full:

Related Stories

Latest News