Youth Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Southeast Asian Diaspora

May. 5, 2015 / By


On Saturday, May 9th,  Khmer Girls in Action will host its 11th Annual Yellow Lounge arts and culture showcase which celebrates the resiliency of the Southeast Asian community who migrated to the U.S. during political turmoil: the American War in Vietnam, the Fall of Saigon and the take over of Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge.  The theme, kNOw History, kNOw Self, is a double play on words: No History, No Self and Know History, Know Self.  Asian American youth are often stereotyped as the “model minority,” which makes the challenges and experiences of Southeast Asian youth invisible.

This year’s Yellow Lounge takes place during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and calls upon the political act of remembering history, no matter how painful because by knowing one’s history, one can find the strength, hope and love for one’s self and community, which can be easily forgotten during the process of assimilating into mainstream American culture.  Through art, music, spoken word,theater performances and traditional and modern dance the event seeks to spotlight Southeast Asian youth as leaders and change-agents as well as honor the community’s history of struggle and resilience.

Yellow Lounge takes place on Saturday, May 9th at the Long Beach School for Adults auditorium: 3701 East Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815.  Doors open at 4:00 p.m and the show will be held from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Food, refreshments will be provided and we will raffle prizes. A $3- 5 donation is suggested for admission, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information about the event, visit

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