What is IKARE?

What is IKARE®?

IKARE® protects, preserves, and promotes individuals who make significant contributions in society!

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Run by people who KARE!

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"to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger." -- Dictionary.com


"to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction." -- Marriam Webster


"to encourage or support something, or to help something become successful:" -- Cambridge Dictionary

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IKARE & Phoenix Adult Care Center Welcome Lunar New Year 2020!

Join us for the Lunar New Year on Feb. 1, 2020 as the IKARE and Phoenix Adult Da awwy Center welcome the New Year with our Seniors. Free Admission. Live Music. Fun. Prizes. Friendship. Share This:

How To Reverse The Cambodian Genocide

Welcome to the National Khmer Legacy Museum. We are the only museum of and about the Khmer people that educates about the entire history of the Cambodian genocide survivors. Share This:

sharing the Khmer experience with our Norwegian Friends

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Undiscovered Killing Fields Reflection From A Minnesota Best

Diane Berthel is a Board Member Emeritus at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS); a friend of our friends at Alight; and someone whose retirement mandates fulfilling a humanitarian journey from Cambodia to Rawanda; From Saint Paul to Tanzania.   Diane was kind and “karing” to have introduced Managing Director of IKARE, Mr. Kosol Sek, to […]

Genocide educators tour the Khmer museum

These teachers came to tour our museum as part of the University of Minnesota Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies with questions about the Khmer people. They left with a renewed sense of the definition of Cambodian culture, language, arts, and history.   Share This:

Ideation with ALIGHT

A brainstorming session with our friends from Alight on how to better understand the needs and potentials of new Americans. Share This:

African American Registry Meets Khmer History

This man said, “There is no love without respect.” YEP, he’s correct, that’s why we are working to earn the respect from the International Community. His name is Benjamin and he is the Executive Director of the African American Registry. He paid a surprise visit to inquire about connecting the African community with the history […]

Empowering the future without forgetting the past!

Thank you Voice Of America ( VOA ) for visiting IKARE and giving us the opportunity to showcase our work of empowering the Khmer genocide survivors through the promotion of role models from the past, present, and future.  Great story and video here:   https://khmer.voanews.com/a/cambodian-american-organization-brings-in-artists-to-showcase-khmer-arts-in-us/4984919.html?fbclid=IwAR3m1p-GiUfPfxLHv4DW3_65hRF4OefTwOzPgQLo-GGU7r_ZPLpsMTzq3ps Share This:

Alight Meets IKARE After 40 Years!

A day worth celebrating and remembering.  We are so excited to be part of the next step of the American Refugee Committee as Alight, because IKARE is a community of light, as well.   Full Circle Greg Barron expresses his excitement about the Khmer history. A suggestion about climate change and colonization? A museum tour Thanking […]

Reconnecting with people who’ve impacted countless lives in 1979

Steven Miles was a Medical Doctor and Greg Barron a Producer at Minnesota Public Radio in 1979.  Both were in their 40s and have become a permanent part of Khmer history.   IKARE invited them to our museum along with Shamaila Usmani and leaders from the American Refugees Committee to remind them how thankful we […]

May was a “kick butt” month for our Khmer artists

The fun began on May 2 at the annual Festival of Nations and ended May 26 with the screening of the film Surviving Bokator at the National Khmer Legacy Museum. Tharoth Sam Oum showed us she could kick butts and still presented the lost martial art of Bokator as a worldclass professional and role model.   […]

One full week from Former Assistant Dean of Harvard Law School to Muslim Rice Artist

One full week that includes Former Assistant Dean of Harvard Law School, MN State Senator, Buddhist Abbot, Muslim Rice Artist, Christian Supporters,and big smiles.    Our Board Member, Steve Young, brings MN State Senator Fong Her to visit the National Khmer Legacy Museum. Kingdom of the Lotus warms the hearts of supporters.   Kimeng Tom […]

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