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Massachusetts’ Sokhary Chau becomes first Cambodian American mayor in US

Sokhary Chau Lowell Mayor Cambodian American
  • 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).

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