Keeping Khmer Alive in Long Beach

May. 8, 2013 / By

Video by Sarah Bennett

It’s 10AM on a Saturday morning and Bryant Sokphanarith Ben is about to begin his class. Ben’s students range from elementary-school students to 85 year-old Wallace Craig, a retired engineer who drives all the way from Fullerton to attend class at the Mark Twain Library in Long Beach.

Ben teaches Khmer language as part of a joint program between the library and the Long Beach Neighborhood Services Bureau. He started the program six years ago because he wanted Cambodian parents to utilize resources at the library—which holds the largest collection of Khmer language books in the United States.

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