Last year, I was working for the major Healthcare client in the Long Beach Downtown in California from May 2013 to November 2013. I was amazed and glad to see the sign board on the street signal “Cambodia Town”. It gives me immense pleasure to know that our Kambojas brothers (Cambodian brothers) have established their identity in the United States of America and strengthening and empowering the Cambodian culture, customs and tradition.
Cambodia Town is located along the business corridor of Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Avenues in Long Beach, California. Long Beach has the largest concentration of Cambodians outside of Cambodia.
Since 2001, local Cambodian community activists have been working to get Long Beach City Council approval to officially designate the Anaheim Street corridor as “Cambodia Town”.
On July 3, 2007, the honorable members of the Long Beach City Council voted 8-1 to approve the designation of Anaheim Street between Junipero Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard officially as “Cambodia Town”.
On the weekends, hundreds of Cambodians from Southern California come to Anaheim Street to shop and visit with one another, recreating their homeland. No other population of Cambodians, outside of Cambodia, has attained this level of recognition.
CAMBODIA TOWN INC.
Cambodia Town Inc. is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that spearheaded the campaign to designate a 1.2-mile stretch in Long Beach as “ Cambodia Town ”. This energetic volunteer organization seeks to revitalize the neighborhood by attracting more businesses, visitors and tourists to the area.
To use Cambodian cultural customs and traditions to change the social and economic well-being of residents and business owners in Central Long Beach. By preserving the Cambodian heritage, we give hope and a strengthened identity to our children, and by empowering the community we promote the revitalization of our neighborhoods.