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Long Beach's Cambodian residents seek a stronger political voice

Lara Som, who directs the MAYE Center in Long Beach, points to a map of a proposed City Council district that would encompass the Cambodia Town neighborhood and the surrounding area.
Lara Som, who directs the MAYE Center in Long Beach, points to a map of a proposed City Council district that would encompass the Cambodia Town neighborhood and the surrounding area.
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Long Beach is home to the largest group of Cambodians in the country, but they lack a political voice.

Some residents in the city's Cambodia Town neighborhood survived the Khmer Rouge genocide in their homeland in the 1970s, and tend to shy away from political involvement.

But the area in which most of the city's Cambodians live is also divided into four City Council districts. Some Cambodia Town residents are pushing to redraw the district boundaries so they have better representation.

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