By CSULB Senior Seminar Reporters Sandy Brambila, Chie Uraki, Katrina Guevara and Brianda Sanchez
In July of 2007, the mile-long area along Anaheim Street and between Junipero Avenue and Atlantic Avenue was appointed, Cambodia Town. Cambodia Town is home to over 17,000 Cambodian American and Long Beach has over 50,000 Cambodian residents.
During the late 70s, Cambodia was being ruled under the Khmer Rouge, a communist party in Cambodia. Its policies and ideologies were primarily responsible for the mass murders known as the killing fields. Much of the Cambodian population established in Long Beach were originally seeking refuge from that regime.
Cambodia Town aims to preserve its culture through business, restaurants, grocery stores, jewelry stores and gift shops all of which can be visited on Anaheim Street.
Above is an audio slideshow that highlights the Dong Mai Supermarket on East Anaheim Street in Long Beach.
New America Media’s youth-led VoiceWaves has partnered with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to produce content for VoiceWaves.org. The Journalism Senior Seminar challenges students to build on their journalism skills covering diverse neighborhoods throughout Long Beach. The CSULB students will report and produce stories that raise awareness of neighborhood issues and concerns in four Long Beach communities: North Long Beach, Central Long Beach, Downtown, and the Westside.