Long Beach, CA
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File #: 22-0473    Version: 1 Name: CD6 - Cambodian American Cultural Center
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 4/25/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/3/2022 Final action: 5/3/2022
Title: Recommendation to increase appropriations in the General Fund Group in the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department by $15,000, offset by the Sixth Council District One-Time District Priority Funds transferred from the Citywide Activities Department to support the Long Beach Cambodian Cultural Center feasible study; and Decrease appropriations in the General Fund Group in the Citywide Activities Department by $15,000 to offset a transfer to the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.
Sponsors: COUNCILWOMAN SUELY SARO, SIXTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 050322-R-14sr.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to increase appropriations in the General Fund Group in the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department by $15,000, offset by the Sixth Council District One-Time District Priority Funds transferred from the Citywide Activities Department to support the Long Beach Cambodian Cultural Center feasible study; and

Decrease appropriations in the General Fund Group in the Citywide Activities Department by $15,000 to offset a transfer to the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.

DISCUSSION
Long Beach is a diverse and dynamic city, and it is widely recognized for celebrating the diversity of our population, and for embracing and advancing the arts. The City is home to the Museum of Latin American Art, the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, the Homeland Cultural Center and the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, among many local cultural institutions.

Long Beach is home to the largest Cambodian population in the United States. The Cambodian or the Khmer people have a long and rich cultural heritage symbolized by the temple city Angkor Wat, considered one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, built between the 9th and 12th centuries, stands as a living icon of the endurance and genius of all Cambodians throughout the world.

Early connections between the United States and Cambodia began in the 1950s, when Cambodia sent bright and talented college students to universities, including California State Universities in Long Beach and Los Angeles, to study technical trades, engineering, and agriculture with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

On April 17, 1975, the lives of Cambodians were forever changed when the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and evacuated the entire city as they forced people into labor camps and executed former government officials, doctors, artists, scholars, among others. It became known as Year Zero as it was marked by the Khmer Rouge regime. Under that reg...

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