Cambodian Community Day

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    For Another year of Fun
    Sunday September 6th 2015
     8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Cambodian Buddhist Temple
    Silver Spring, MD 

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    12739 Knightsbridge Dr Woodbridge, VA 22192

    Ben Bao:      (571) 276-9630
    Sophia Tep:  (703) 966-9590
    Lowell Cole:  (703) 620-3074
    Ithara Phlong: (240) 888-1053
    Email: ccdinfo@cambodiancommunityday.org

    Miss Cambodian American DC

    Ithara Phlong: (240) 888-1053
    Ratanak Srey:  (240) 620-6306

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Argot Pictures is very excited to bring a Cambodian documentary film "DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll" to town. This film has already made a big impression on audiences in New York and California. Now it is playing for a week in Washington DC area, Friday May 29th through Thursday June 4th at AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910 Tel: 301.495.6700. Click here to go to AFI website to view trailer, showtimes, and ticket information. 



What We Do?

Mission Statement

Cambodian Community Day (CCD) is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization established to promote, present and preserve our rich Cambodian culture. CCD seeks to integrate Khmer culture into American society to ensure the continuation of Cambodian cultural heritage, especially among Cambodian-American youths. We also work to strengthen Cambodian voice, empower Cambodian communities, bridge distances, heal rifts and build bonds among Khmers and other ethnic groups.

Purpose

CCD was founded by a group of Cambodian volunteers in the Washington DC area in 2001 to promote Cambodian culture. CCD organizes and collaborates Cambodian cultural resources and presents them to the public through various events such as the Khmer New Year in April, the annual Cambodian Cultural Festival in the summer and the Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May. Our main focus includes (but is not limited) to:

  1. Promoting Cambodian culture in America, especially among youths;
  2. Supporting efforts to conserve history and culture;
  3. Educating the public about the rich Cambodian culture, heritage, custom, and tradition;
  4. Fostering coordination and cooperation with other groups with similar interests;
  5. Raising community awareness about Cambodia’s history and culture and the importance of preserving them; and
  6. Disseminating truthful information about the Cambodian culture and related researches in Cambodia and the USA.
What We Do

CCD provides some ad hoc services to the Khmer community, participates in fundraising activities for various charitable organizations, and foremost, celebrates the Cambodian culture through the annual Cambodian Cultural Festival. The festival is a token of solidarity in the Khmer communities surrounding the Washington DC Metro area. The festival has enabled us to develop bonds, bridge differences and heal rifts in the Khmer communities and beyond. It also provides a means to reach
out and share our values with others.

The festival, attended by several thousand spectators each year, is a showcase of Khmer traditional music, classical, folklore and social dances and shows, and children’s games, arts and crafts, exhibitions and much more. For example, in 2013, CCD organized a unique folklore show titled “Yeeke Mak Theung”. In 2014, we produced Lakhon Bassac, a Khmer opera play, a form of Khmer traditional entertainment that UNESCO deems is on its way to extinction.

Besides major productions, we also organize fashion shows to highlight Cambodian traditional clothing from thousands of years ago, participated by Cambodian youths. The shows were presented during Khmer New Year where more than 10,000 celebrants attended. The importance of the festival is to bring large groups of people in the community together to have fun and to share experiences. The festival also exposes Cambodian culture, tradition and values to young Cambodian American.

Why we do what we do?

While we are assimilating into the American society, we also have to remember and be proud of our past. We celebrate our heritage and traditions. We also have to look back to remember how far we have come.

In 1975, we, as a people, were scattered. We ran in fear of our lives, in fear of our children’s lives. Those who were lucky scattered all over the world. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of that devastating year that changed all of our lives forever. We are here because we survived. We are here. Now what? Do we toss aside our identity, our heritage of 2000 years of culture? Do we forget where we came from? Or we can look back and reflect on our history and honor those who died so that we could live. 

As survivors of the Cambodian Holocaust, we have a responsibility of carrying the story of our people and to deliver those stories to the next generation, our own children. As parents, it is not enough that we are comfortable knowing who WE are. We have to give our children a sense of identity too. Here in America, we are celebrating life and our rich heritage. The past 40 years, we have been rebuilding our lives and creating new lives here, making this adopted country our home. But that should not be the end of our story. As survivors, we have a responsibility, in fact, a duty, to help our children find the balance in their identity as American of Cambodian heritage. We want our children to be the best they can be, to be strong, to be confident. They can’t be those things, if they don’t know where they came from or who they are. They’d only be imitators, striving to always be someone they are not. There is a powerful quote, “If you don’t know where you are coming from, you won’t know where you are going.” 

-- Ratanak Srey, Communication Director

 

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Cambodian Community Day is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent of the laws. We believe our mission is a noble cause. Please help us achieve our goal. Your online donation via PayPal is secured.

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CCD Trough Len - by Isaac D. Pacheco (click on picture)

 

VOA News Coverage - CCD 2012 (click on pictures)

 

 

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Voice of America/Khmer: Dr Chanthourn Thuy

A Khmer Archaeologist visited USA in July 2012 to  present his research finding about ancient iron smelter in Cambodia to Cambodian-American communities. One of his stop was Washington, DC Metro area. Click on picture to watch the VOA News coverage during his presentation in Annandale VA.


 

Voice of America Interviewed Ms Sophia Tep, CCD Vice-President

 

Click the picture to read and play the video.


Sam Relief  Dec 2012 Newsletter 

Sam Relief was very busy in early April of 2012 and has delivered another 10 tons of rice to Angkor Children Hospital at Siem Reap.


Women's Health Study: http://mapa.nur.utexas.edu


Replica of Angkor Wat

We have bought a replica of Angkor Wat (picture shown above). It is a sculpture made out from stone, by a sculptor in Pursat province, Cambodia. It is 1.3 meter long, 1.1 meter wide and .35 meter high. It took more than 2 months to complete the sculpture. Click the picture to enlarge.


Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (website: www.phareps.org) is a Cambodian association providing artistic activities to children and adults around the Battambang vicinity. The artistic fields are: performing arts (circus, theater, dancing, music), visual arts (cartoon animation, painting contemporary, illustration and graphic design) and social actions (governmental school pre-school through high school, child care center, and transitional youth house). Learn more ...

Indigenous People

Indigenous People

Ratanakiri Tribe

The traditional cloth making method and other crafts have been abandoned by indigenous people because of modern life style and industrial technology. CANDO Craft Center, just like CCD, like to preserve their culture and tradition. Please help support them by buying their product. 56% of sale proceed will go to the maker, meaning the indigenous people. They are the people who have a self-reliance life style. For more information, click this link: www.elevyn.com/shop/cando.

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