I'm writing this letter to you to express my concerns over the
issues of tourism and of the misconception that every Cambodian American
individual is rich. I would like to clarify these two points.
goes to Cambodia every year and every time, she faces with the problem. She is
being pushed around and threatened by the workers at the airport. On several
occasions, they snatched her belonging and called her names that were
inappropriate. I am torment by this kind of treatment.
Another issue is
the misconception that every Cambodian American individual has a lot of money
and owns a beautiful home.
As a counselor (a social worker), working for
a non-profit agency that deals with Cambodian families, I can tell you that the
majority of Cambodian families receive some types of public assistance.
Most live below poverty line. Those who work, barely make beyond minimum
wage which is $4.25 an hour.
Most of Cambodians who live in Cambodia
expects their Cambodian American relatives to give them hundreds of dollars. No
one has that kind of money because the situation here in America is not that
much better than in Cambodia.
Please let the Cambodian people know that
the people here are not rich. Some barely survive from day to day.
about the PG & E, telephone, water, rent bills. All of these add up. Nothing
is free in America.
I am writing not to ask for sympathy but I would like
to let people know the reality of America.
From a concerned Cambodian
- Pollie D. Bith, Berkeley, California