LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY—Khmer, Come All!: Concluding celebration
December 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Long Beach Public Library is pleased to announce Khmer, Come All!, a series celebrating the cultural heritage of its immigrant communities.
Khmer, Come All! Concluding celebration
The Killing Field of Dr. Haing Ngor with Director Arthur Dong
Time: 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Director Arthur Dong will show then discuss his film The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing Ngor, a singular documentary on one of the most well-known survivors of the Cambodian genocide. Mr. Dong will invite a dialogue about the film to engage audience participation. This event is recommended for adult audiences.
Khemara Kids – Storytime in Khmer
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Children will participate in a fun and engaging story time which will be presented in Khmer. Brandy Myers of Khemara Kids will read books and sing a few nursery rhymes in the Khmer Language. Participants are encouraged to dress in clothes that represent their culture. This is an all ages event.
Dance Workshop with Modern Apsara
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
The Modern Apsara Company (MAC) will feature a ballet Cambodian dance. They will demonstrate how specific hand gestures tell a story through song and dance. MAC will engage audience participation by inviting guests to dance along. Participants are encouraged to dress in clothes that represent their culture. This is an all ages event.
Social Hour with D.J. Hunny Hach
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
D.J. Hunny will play popular Cambodian songs and welcome song requests from participants. Guests will also make crafts, create buttons, and enjoy light refreshments during the final hour of Khmer, Come All! If you would like to submit song requests ahead of the program, please contact the Los Altos Neighborhood Branch at 562-570-1045. This is an all ages event.
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 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. Space is limited to 25.
This program is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.