During the genocide in Cambodia that killed 1.2 million people between 1975 and 1979 thousands of Cambodians fled for their lives. Around 5,000 Cambodians currently live in Illinois and many live in the Albany Park and Uptown areas of Chicago.
The Cambodian culture is alive in Chicago through its’ music, food, dance and religion. April is the month of the Cambodian New Year which is celebrated during a three-day festival.
One place for Cambodians to celebrate and join together is the Kampuchean Buddhist Society in Chicago.
Immigrant Connect Chicago published a video entitled, Sampling Cambodian Culture in Chicago. Check out the video to see the highlights on how Cambodians maintain their culture while living in America.
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