Upcoming Cambodian Programs

Long Beach will be the site of a number of outstanding programs in the next few months.

Sponsored by the Cambodian Arts and History Project, Journey Across the Mine Fields to Amertca, an original musical play by Chantara Nop, will take place February 17-19, 23-26 at the Found Theater, 599 Long Beach Blvd at 6th Street; 562/433-3363; www.foundtheatre.org. The play, performed in the Cambodian cultural tradition of “Lakhon Yike,” enhances an ancient method of storytelling with multimedia.

Courage & Resiliency: Cambodian American Women in America, consists of life histories of Cambodian American women in photographs and their own words. Compiled by the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), this exhibition will be at the Long Beach Public Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue, March 4-April 30. The opening program on Saturday, March 4, 2:00-5:00 PM, will feature Svang Tor, senior clinician with HPRT and exhibit photographer, Marcus Halevi. Admission is free; information, 562-435-8184.

The Long Beach Cambodian Arts and History Project is funded by the California Community Foundation Visual Arts Initiative.

On Thursday, April 20, Dr. Richard Mollica, Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, will be featured in a community dialogue facilitated by the National Conference for Community and Justice. This event will take place at Long Beach City College, 5:30-7:30 PM. For more information, contact NCCJ at (562) 435-8184.

California State University, Long Beach will present a film premiere, Angry Skies: A Cambodian Journey, on Friday, March 17, 6:30 PM, CSULB campus Psychology Building, Lecture Hall Room 150. Special guest will be Dr. Blake Kerr, writer and producer of the documentary, which includes his interviews with Khmer Rouge members, survivors of the holocaust, Supreme Court judges, and others who reveal how the Khmer Rouge used the hatred from U.S. bombings to strengthen their movement. For more information contact Professor Leakhena Nou, CSULB Deptartment of Sociology, lnou@csulb.edu or Dr. Patricia Rozee, CSULB Center for Community Engagement, prozee@csulb.edu.