Board of Supervisors Recognizes Cambodian Genocide
Los Angeles, CA— Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn to proclaim April 17 to be Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day. This marks the first time in history that LA County recognizes the Cambodian Genocide.
“This is an historic day in Los Angeles County,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “The Cambodian Genocide was a human tragedy and we must never forget the scale of violence and devastation perpetrated against the people of Cambodia. While many Cambodian-Americans continue to cope with the atrocities they witnessed and experienced, the thriving Cambodian community in Long Beach is a testament to the perseverance and unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people to reestablish their communities and enhance the cultural diversity of our state and nation.”
Cambodian-American residents from Long Beach packed the board room today for the passage of the motion and several testified to the Board about their experience related to the Cambodian Genocide.
Supervisor Hahn invited Reverend Thet Sim of the Khemera Buddhikarama Temple in Long Beach to lead the meeting’s invocation. She also presented County scrolls to thirteen local Cambodian groups for their efforts to preserve Cambodian history and culture.