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.

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The MAYE Center