New club promotes customs and traditions
By Rene Balbuena Jr. - Staff Reporter
The president and vice president of Cambodian Club say it is important for their club to forge a bond be- tween Cambodian students and people of other ethnici- ties and cultures at Highline.
The purpose of this club is to promote Cambodian cul- ture throughout the diverse community of Highline, to encourage interaction be- tween other cultures, and change people's preconceived notions of Cambodia. Serey says she wants people to un- derstand that Cambodians are unique in their own way.
"Nobody knows about us," said Channa Milinea Serey, president of the club.
"When people think about Cambodia it's only about the war, temples and architecture." Serey says she wants people to understand that Cambodians are unique in their own way.
"We have our own food, culture, religion, way of salu- tation and point of view and it is important for everyone to be aware of that," Serey said.
The club is still getting orga- nized. The president and vice president of Cambodian Club are Serey and Soeunkeomey Or. They are both international stu- dents from Cambodia.
Serey finished high school
at 16 and attended two univer- sities. She went to the Ameri- can University of Phnom Penh, pursuing a BA in law, and the Institute of Foreign Language, pursuing a BA in Japanese.
Both leaders say it is import- ant for members in their club to understand other people's cul- tures and make a relationship with fellow students.
"The reason I came to the United States is because my parents believed that I could get a good education and have a lot of opportunities in the work- place," said Or, adding that this has driven her to succeed at Highline.
Everybody is invited in the club, not just Cambodians.
People of all cultures and eth- nicities are welcome, the lead- ers say.
The Cambodian Club doesn't have any upcoming events, but is considering plans for a Khmer New Year's celebra- tion in early April.
The president and co-presi- dent hope to have enough vol- unteers soon, so they can host a New Year's celebration annu- ally.
For more information about this club you can contact Serey at email@example.com. edu or stop by the CLS at the Student Union in Building 3 room 310.
There is no decision on where club meetings will be held.