- Sokhary Chau, a 49-year-old Cambodian refugee and former city council member, was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.
- He now represents the city of more than 115,000 residents and its nearly 25% Asian population.
Sokhary Chau was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.
Chau, 49, is a Cambodian refugee and came to the U.S. at a young age to escape the Khmer Rouge. He became a Lowell city council member in 2019, and he was unanimously picked by the city council members to be mayor on Monday, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Suely Saro, a daughter of immigrants who fled the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s, will be sworn on Dec. 15 as the first Cambodian American council member in Long Beach, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A born leader: Prior to her election in November to represent Council District 6, the 40-year-old councilwoman has long served as a community leader in Long Beach, home to thousands of other Cambodia refugees, her bio revealed.
A Cambodian American refugee deported in August 2018 has returned home to his family in Massachusetts this week.
Thy Chea, a resident of Lowell, Massachusetts, fled Cambodia at the age of 10 with his parents and five siblings to escape the deadly Khmer Rouge. They took shelter in a Thai refugee camp before flying to the U.S. in 1981.