cambodian diaspora

11/05/17

In Cambodia Town, a 
community moves from 
survival to success

About 50,000 people of Cambodian descent live in Long Beach, the largest diaspora of Cambodian people outside of that country.

In 2007, city leaders dubbed the 1.2-mile stretch of Anaheim Street where many of them settled Cambodia Town. Many Cambodians saw the designation as chance to build a new home free from their homeland’s painful history.

Love Me
Bochan
Love Me

Growing up Cambodian American isn’t always easy.  Generation 1.5 = not all Khmer and not all American.  Sometimes it’s hard to find our place in this world - you can’t make them love you… but we can always choose to stand proudly, with our heads held high.  I hope this reaches that lost soul and may it fill you up with courage and hope, as it did for me.  You are not alone.  This one is called “Love Me.”  

Love Me

Through all of my journey,

I’ve traveled alone across the sea.

He gave me the strength to stand, proudly.

No matter what fighting words they throw at me.

I keep my head held high,

Never give them a reason.

I can’t make them love me.

I can’t make them love me.

I can’t make them love me.

What a tragedy our history,

The people, oppressed.

We deserve harmony.

If I could make a change,

I’d pray for you to be free from all the pain you’ve endured.

Let us find inspiration in this new time of peace.

Keep your head held high

Never give them a reason

I can’t make them love me

I can’t make them love me

I can’t make them love me

People are gonna say what they wanna say

Don’t let anyone get in the way

You can always choose to be happy

You can always choose

To love me.

Keep your head held high

Never give them a reason

I can’t make them love me

I can’t make them love me

I can’t make them love me