A few days after the Khmer New Year, I was told that Sam Rainsy was in the DC area, on a long trip to visit Cambodian fellows in the East and the West Coasts of the United States and in Canada. On April 23rd 2008, a dinner/meeting gathered around 50 persons in a Chinese restaurant of Arlington, Virginia, a few miles outside of the nation's capital. At the meeting I met some folks that I knew from the New Year festivities, and encoutered some new people that came to listen to the leader of the first opposition political party of Cambodia, in his campaign to be candidate to the general election to be held in Cambodia on July 2008.
April 30, 2008
The Cambodian community in the DC area is around 5000 members. There are bigger communities in the US, in Massachusetts (Lowel) and in California. Here we are at Vatt Buddhikarama in Silver Spring, Maryland, close to the nation's capitol Washington DC for the Khmer New Year festivities on April 12 and 13th 2008. The temple is famous for the high and good Buddhist education of its monks, attracting for the New Year some folks from the area but also some coming from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York.
April 29, 2008
On a cloudy day of November 2007, I joigned the Cambodian folks I had met for the first time a few days before at the temple of Silver Spring. They were part of a Fashion and Food Show at the Thai Embassy, an event organised by the Asean's Women Circle (of Washington DC) where all Asean countries were represented.