The MAYE Center was created by Laura Rhatmeny Som, a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide.

When Laura found refuge in Long Beach, California, she found an overwhelming population of other refugees unknowingly suffering through their day to day lives. Many of them did not realize their unhealthy tendencies were a result of traumatic experiences.

You can listen to her story. “Laura Som's Story” 1. She tells her story of immigrating to America. 2:02

Knowing our ancestors have the wisdom and guidance our community needs, MAYE was created and cultivated by looking back to our roots.

Courtesy of Elgin Ozlen of VoiceWaves - Long Beach, CA


The MAYE Center is here to help those in our community to cultivate self-healing, resiliency and wellness through proven, culturally sensitive and environmentally healthy means. 


is to make tools and knowledge of self-healing available to our members in the hope of empowering the community. and to show those who may be struggling, positive energy is just a MAYE Center away.

MAYE community garden

MAYE community garden

Laura Rhatmeny Som, left

Laura Rhatmeny Som, left

Cambodian Genocide

The Cambodian Genocide began in 1975 and lasted until 1979. The Khmer Rouge was the name popularly given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) and by extension, to the regime through which the CPK ruled in Cambodia during those years. The regime was responsible for one of the worst mass killings of the 20th Century, claiming the lives of up to two million people.

They believed returning to more simple ways of agricultural and farming culture was the right direction for the entire country. However, they also believed citizens with a background in arts, intelligence or technology would oppose and fight against the Khmer Rouge's plan.  Teachers, students, politicians, artists, sculptors, women, children and infants fell victim to this brutal regime and few were spared. Concentration camps were set up around the country and prisoners were forced to dig their own graves.  Whole families died from execution, starvation, disease and overwork.

Fleeing from the Genocide, refugees came by boat, arriving in Long Beach, California.  Many survivors found a home and miraculously, some even found family they did not know were still alive.  Located in Cambodia Town in Long Beach, The MAYE Center promotes self-healing in the community, paving the way for health of mind, body and spirit as a continuum from generation to generation.  For the past few years, the MAYE Center has been working with Cambodian health professionals to create a holistic integrated health system in Long Beach. 

This video is about the Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979.