SAINT PAUL, Minn., June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty-one years after the Cambodian genocide, bridges are starting to get rebuilt. Generational gaps are starting to get refilled. Questions are starting to get answered.
The Khmer Legacy® Museum will express 2500 years of stories through video, art, and text starting June 23-25.
The idea for the museum originated in April 2012 after the Khmer people and Khmer veterans received recognition via MN Senate File 2314 memorializing Congress and the President of the United States to formally recognize the Khmer Freedom Fighters for their heroic effort to support and defend America during and after the Vietnam War in what is called the "Secret War." The passing of the bill inspired the same group to advocate for the passing of S. Res 462 in the U.S. Senate in 2014 which expanded to include the Hmong, Lao, and Mongtaignard people.
Spearheaded by the International Khmer Assembly ( IKARE ), it was determined that stories were needed to document and preserve the unique journey of heroes of the Khmer people. It is important for the younger generation to know there is more to Cambodia than the genocide of the killing fields so that they will understand their true cultural roots.
"Up 'til now the world only knows Cambodia as home of the Killing Fields. We want the world to know that while Cambodia had lost 41 years of leaping development, the Khmer people had 2500 years of greatness," said Kosol Sek, Chairman of the International Khmer Assembly. "We created the Khmer Legacy Museum to tell stories of the Khmer people's greatness."
The museum is a first step to enhance public understanding of the full story of the Cambodian people.
The International Khmer Assembly ( IKARE ) is a 501C(3) non-profit organization with a mission to protect, preserve, and promote stories and contributions of the Khmer people to the world. Khmer Legacy® is a registered mark of the International Khmer Assembly.
A special ceremony will be open to the public on June 25 at 5:00 PM at the IKARE's headquarter in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. Kosol Sek ( Chairman )
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SOURCE International Khmer Assembly (IKARE)