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)
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Mar 1 Our Existence is Resilience
Lee Lo

Forty years ago, America debated whether my refugee parents/community, who were being hunted like animals due to their alliance with USA CIA Agents, should be permitted into the USA. Then it was whether it was worth providing food stamps and health care to this family of 11, who were displaced by a war no one had heard of. As a kid, I never thought I’d be interested in politics. But when every aspect of my existence is politicized, I have no choice but to be political -- to fight for the day when identities and communities like mine are no longer politicized, but rather humanized.

Nov 30 "Tell me about yourself."
Alyssa Tulabut

“Tell me about yourself.” This opening question to any interview was always the most dreaded to me. It required me to be a lot of things: concise, captivating, and clear about who I was. The first, I could practice. The second, I could well enough fake. The third, that’s where the trouble came. 

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May 24

Washington, DC - Refugee communities from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam rallied last month to influence the way that the government collects and releases ethnic data. For the first time in 20 years, the White House Office of Budget and Management (OMB) is preparing to review the government's data collection protocols on race and ethnic categories. SEARAC joined a coalition of national Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander organizations to collect a total of 3,665 comments from diverse AANHPI communities.


May 22

Maplewood, MN - The family of Minnesotan Chamroeun Phan rejoiced for a moment after his Wednesday afternoon immigration hearing last week. Phan's family had been fighting his deportation order to Cambodia for months, along with seven other Minnesota families as part of the #ReleaseMN8 campaign. Finally an immigration judge ruled to cancel his deportation, citing the grave consequences his deportation would have for his family.


May 18

I am the child who grew up on social welfare; homemade meals and health check ups were graciously sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Onlookers labeled my parents the 'Social Welfare Queen' and king who had 'more kids than they could afford.' They knew nothing of my parents' culture, history, and incredible resilience.