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New Banners Celebrate Cambodia Town in Long Beach

Long Beach is home to 50,000 Cambodian residents, the second-largest population of Cambodians outside Southeast Asia.

Long Beach mayor Bob Foster and councilmember Dee Andrews unveiled new banners Wednesday along Anaheim Street celebrating the cultural designation of Cambodia Town.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster unveiled new banners along Anaheim Street Wednesday (Pierce Larsen/ATVN).
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster unveiled new banners along Anaheim Street Wednesday (Pierce Larsen/ATVN).

The new yellow and black banners were presented at MacArthur Park in Long Beach.

Cambodia Town is the official name for the business corridor along Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Avenue. The city estimates 50,000 Cambodian residents in Long Beach are immigrants from Cambodia or of Cambodian descent. The city is home to the second-largest population of Cambodian immigrants outside Southeast Asia. The neighborhood is known as the "Cambodian Capital of the United States."

"I want to continue to offer the best means to keep our cultural communities lively," said Councilman Dee Andrews, who championed legislation in 2011 to help recognize Cambodia Town as a designated neighborhood.

"These avenue banners feature vibrant designs and welcoming messages that attract attention from residents and tourists," Andrews added. "Vistors will know that Cambodia Town is the place to shop, dine, do business and to have authentic Cambodian cultural experience."
The banner project is funded by the Neighborhood Improvement - Upland Oil Funds.

ATVN multimedia journalist Pierce Larsen tweeted from the event. Check out the images below:

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