Cambodian Voices in the Bay
About the Project

Untitled Mural by Cambodian-American Artist Pat Kong

Cambodian Voices in the Bay is a three-part multimedia collection and exhibition that spotlights the Cambodian community in the Bay Area. ARTogether has worked diligently and respectfully to curate & develop a project that focuses on the inspirational yet untold stories within the community. Various individuals of the community have allowed us to briefly interview them and generously shared their stories. As a part of this year and a half long project, we expect to have developed a three-part multimedia collection which includes a documentary, a photographic art exhibition, and an interactive website where research, information and much more about the project can be accessed. 

Between the years of 1975-79, 1.5-2 million Cambodians were systematically executed by the Khmer Rouge Regime leaving the Cambodian Genocide to be regarded as one of the largest humanitarian tragedies ever recorded. Between the years of 1975-79, 1.5-2 million Cambodians were systematically executed by the Khmer Rouge Regime leaving the Cambodian Genocide to be regarded as one of the largest humanitarian tragedies ever recorded. Immediately, Cambodian civilians were left to either flee the country or live in fear of persecution. Between the years 1979-1997, the United States saw roughly 175,000 Cambodians resettle in the United States in an attempt to flee persecution. Today, the United States is home to over 320,000 Khmer/Cambodian Americans. About 118,000 of those Khmer/Cambodian Americans and their families live in California, many living within the Bay Area.

In this three-part exhibition and oral history project, Cambodian Voices in the Bay will introduce our community to the genuine and integral role that Cambodian-Americans hold, not only within the Bay Area, but to California’s cultural fabric.

This project is made possible with support from California Humanities.