"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Long Beach Public Library is pleased to announce Khmer, Come All!, a series celebrating the cultural heritage of its immigrant communities.
Khmer Calligraphy: Thursday, December 1, 2022, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This one-hour course will focus on building an understanding in the reading/writing of consonants, vowels, and the understanding of one’s name in the Khmer language. Mr. Cheth will also demonstrate how to write one’s name in Khmer. Participants can register for the program by visiting lbpl.org and going to the events calendar page under the visit tab. Space is limited to 25. Recommended for ages 8 to 17.
Other events in this program series:
Khmer, Come All! Kick-off celebration: Saturday, November 5, 2022, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Donut Princess with Mayly Tao: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mayly Tao will discuss her experience being part of the film The Donut King which tells the story of California donut shop owner, Ted Ngoy. She will also discuss her book An American Dream, with Sprinkles which pays homage to the journey of millions of immigrants who arrive in the United States annually. An activity and Q&A will follow the presentation. Participants will have an opportunity to purchase a copy of Mayly’s self-published title following her discussion. Space is limited to 50.
Poet Bunkong Bk Tuon: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Poet and professor Bunkong Bk Tuon will share how the City of Long Beach helped him discover his voice in the 1990s and inspired him to share the story of his family. He will also discuss his experience writing his books “And so I was Blessed” and “Gruel” which both detail historical trauma and family hardships. Mr. Tuon’s presentation will be livestreamed at the Mark Twain Neighborhood branch and via Zoom.
Khmer, Come All! Concluding celebration: Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
This program is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.