Lowell holds the second largest Cambodian American community in the United States after Long Beach, California. The first Cambodian immigrants in Lowell were refugees who arrived in the early 80's. By 1990, they were 10 000, today they are 30 000 representing about 30% of the whole population of the city.
With its economical, social or cultural activities, its restaurants, its presence in the school system and on the local community medias, with its dancers and artists, and with the first-ever Cambodian American elected to a city council, the Cambodian American community of Lowell has definitely "shaped" the city in a way no other community has done before.
In the "Acres", the traditionnal immigrant neighborhood of Lowell, where most Cambodian Americans are living.
At Lowell Community Charter Public School, Vera Thong Tith, a Cambodian language teacher who has lived in the United States for 28 years, teaches 8th graders on their first day back at school after the Summer break.
Rithy Uong was the first Cambodian American elected as City Councillor in the United States. He served as a Council Member of Lowell from 2000 to 2005. He currently occupies the position of Guidance Counselor at Lowell High School.
Cambodian American Peter Veth (center), 21, and his friends have a break during the rehearsal of the Angkor Dance Troupe of Lowell.
Mrs. Rachana Khiev (left) from Minnesota and Sophea Chamroeun (right) from Lynn, Massachussets are rehearsing one of the last battles of the Reamker, the Cambodian version of the Ramayana, at the Angkor Dance Troupe of Lowell. Both of them are Masters of Cambodian Dance, trained at the Royal Fine Arts University of Phnom Penh, before they emigrated to the United States.
Cambodian native Ang Pheng presents “Chivoet Thmey” (“New Life”), a TV program for the Cambodian community of Lowell, inside the studio of Lowell Telecommunications Corporation.
Cambodian native Eang Chhay, 76 years old, is reading a text about morality, education and good manners of living on “Voice of Cambodian Children”, a weekly program broadcasted on WUML 91.5 FM, Lowell.
Cambodian native Yari Livan, 54 years old, is sculptor and visual arts professor in a school of Lowell. In his garden he proudly shows a plaster copy head of Javayarman VII, the most famous King from the Angkor period.
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