CMAA Stories: Brian Chen

December 31, 2015 1 Comment by Sovanna Pouv

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“I’m Proud to be a part of it.”

Boroeuth “Brian” Chen came to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia in 1985. He attended high school in Western Massachusetts and obtained his college degree at UMass Amherst, then went to volunteer in Cambodia with CANDO (Cambodian American National Development Organization), a nonprofit organization. When he returned in 1996, an acquaintance from Cambodia who knew of a position at CMAA recommended he apply. Since 1997, he has been a CMAA staff person, and in 2000 he became the Family Services Coordinator for the Monorom Family Services Program, which provides translation, interpretation, transportation and advocacy for 35 developmentally-disabled youth and their families.

In addition, Brian (along with other CMAA volunteers) presents an hour-long Cambodian news and information show on local-access cable television through Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), and recently won an award as Producer of the Year from LTC. “Working at CMAA is like giving back your knowledge to your own community”, he said recently. “I’m proud to be a part of it.” Please help CMAA to support their community in Lowell by considering a donation to our organization as part of your year-end giving.

Other CMAA Stories:
Soth Sar
Sivly Lay
Brian Hunt
Borann Srey

One comment

  • Eileen Ordu says:

    Hello Brian,
    I am a language teacher at an independent high school in eastern New York state. One of my students is Cambodian, adopted into an American family. He is bright and interesting, and he is interested in his roots, in Cambodian culture, and he has been studying Khmer. His name is Ziggy and he is 18. He will be in Cambodian this summer, and then next year, he would like to do a “homestay” in Lowell. I know that might sound strange, but he would like to live with a family for a week and learn more of the language and culture. I think he is also interested in volunteering to help the community. This might lead to a more long-term relationship with the Lowell community. Ziggy has also been reading a lot about the history of Cambodia and its people, especially the past forty years or so. Brian, is there a way to connect Ziggy to this community? He will be visiting on April 13, for New Year’s celebrations, and he would like to find someone to keep in touch with. He would like to find a family to stay with next year. Would you be able to help him in these endeavors? If not, can you pass this request to someone who can help? Thank you very very much!! Feel free to write me with questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Eileen Ordu

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