Cambodia Town Is Mapping Its Political Future In Long Beach
No Cambodian-American serves as an elected official in Long Beach.
Residents and activists for the Cambodian community there — the largest in the nation — want to change that. They're pushing the city to draw up new council districts that could effectively give them their own representative.
It all began with a simple question.
Vy Sron, 70, was sitting in a civic engagement class last fall at the MAYE Center, a community center in Long Beach's Cambodia Town neighborhood where genocide survivors gather for healing activities that include exercise and classes.