Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Photo courtesy of Berta Romero

Photo courtesy of Berta Romero

Photo courtesy of Berta Romero

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP)

From the blog

Mar 30 This month we said goodbye to our long-time staff member, Jonathan Tran

In 2010, during my first staff retreat as a member of the SEARAC team, I was asked to share my reflection on a long day of strategic planning. I told my new colleagues that “it was a blessing to work alongside individuals whose passion for serving the community I would never have to question.”  What I said then resonates with me just as much now as I transition out of my position as SEARAC’s California Policy and Programs Manager.

May 18

Washington, DC - The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) has joined over 135 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations to sign a letter affirming the AAPI community's support for race-sensitive admissions policies in higher education. The letter opposes recent efforts by a small group to dismantle race-sensitive admissions policies at educational institutions such as Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Apr 30

Washington, DC - Today Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) co-introduced a national resolution (H.Res. 240 and S.Res. 157) in the House and Senate to honor the "economic, cultural, and political contributions of the Southeast Asian American community at this time of the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge control over Cambodia and the beginning of the Cambodian Genocide, and the end of the Vietnam War and Secret War in Laos."  

Apr 17

Today, SEARAC joins with the Cambodian American community across the country to commemorate the beginning of the Cambodian genocide on April 17, 1975, when the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh and evacuated the city in an attempt to create a rural classless society. Over the next four years, nearly two million people died of starvation, torture, and execution, eliminating about 20% of the country's population. Thousands fled to refugee camps, and over 100,000 were eventually resettled in the United States.