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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 […]

“Heaven On Earth” is now a registered Mark of IKARE!

Did you know that the Khmer people attempted to build a HEAVEN ON EARTH?  The evidence can be seen all over SE Asia in the thousands of temples, antiquities, and other inscriptions from the Angkorian era. IKARE and National Khmer Legacy Museum is proud to be the registered owner of this Mark as we continue […]

Please, help us welcome the new Khmer Ambassador in Washington, DC

His Excellency Chum Sounry, came across as a pleasant and passionate man who wills to connect with the Khmer communities in America.  In fact, it was amongst the first sentences out of his mouth with Managing Director of IKARE, Kosol Sek, at the April 7 Khmer New Year and welcoming ceremony for the new Ambassador […]

Lovin’ USA tour struck the hearts of State Department staff and Former Ambassador William Heidt.

  This may be  the first time ever that a Khmer fundraising event has been attended by a Khmer loving U.S. Ambassador and State Department people who helped to make dreams come true for our artists Yorn Young and Sou Siryka and our volunteers at IKARE and National Khmer Legacy Museum. So many people to […]

Meet IKARE’s new Executive Director

  From Year Zero to Success in America.  Her Biography and experience in community development qualifies her well as Executive Director of IKARE and the National Khmer Legacy Museum.  My name is Sokunthea Bentley.  I resettled in the United States as a refugee at the age of seven.  In mid-April 1975, my father was murdered […]

Party to protect street children

When Ouk Vanday reached out to us to sponsor street children to have an education at his Coconut School, we couldn’t say no.  Instead of handing 4000 Riels ( about $1 ) to children on the streets, the Coconut School approach would offer English and computer skills training without charge. Would you say NO to […]

Managing Director of IKARE Testify to include Khmer as a Holiday!

Managing Director of IKARE testifying for inclusion of the Khmer people as a Holiday in Minnesota at the Capital.   Share This:

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