October 2009

Podcast with US Holocaust Museum

by socheata on October 31, 2009

The US Holocaust Museum in Washinton, DC just interviewed me for their podcast series, Voices on Genocide Prevention. You can listen to it. here. Thank you to Bridget Conley-Zilkic for the visit us.

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Congratulations Bou Sonith!

by socheata on October 19, 2009

I am so proud to announce that one of my board members, Sonith Peou, has been honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with a Community Health Leader Award. Here’s an excerpt from RWJF’s press release: “his efforts to assure access to culturally competent health services for the large Cambodian-American community in Lowell, Mass. The Metta Health Center integrates primary medical care, behavioral health services and refugee health assessments with traditional medical practices such as Buddhist monk consultations and traditional healing, acupuncture and nutrition counseling. Peou’s leadership and tenacious outreach efforts over eight years have resulted in a 150 percent increase in Southeast Asian patients, with the Metta Health Center now serving more than 5,000 patients.”

I attended the gala in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel where the awards were handed out and a video about each fellow was premiered (http://www.communityhealthleaders.org/news_features/article/56153).

I am especially proud because I nominated him for the award. Congratulations Bou Sonith!

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Screening at UConn

by socheata on October 19, 2009

On Oct. 06, Van and I drove to Storrs, CT to show New Year Baby at the University of Connecticut. UConn has amazing support for Asian and Asian American students in the form of the Asian American Cultural Center, run by Angela Rola. I told Angela that I am jealoun of the support they provide which exceeds what we enjoyed when I attended Smith College and even what I’ve observed here at Yale. Later, I learned that the center and changes to the student code regarding harassment were born out of a discrimination episode in 1987.

The screening was very well attended and an informal reception followed. I enjoyed meeting the students, a few of which had written papers about New Year Baby. I always get a kick out of hearing that! Thank you so much to Cathy Schlund-Vials who helped to initiate the event. I can not wait to visit UConn again!.

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