AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students and families in Amherst celebrated their ethnic heritage Friday.
Members of the town’s Cambodian community gathered at the Fort River Elementary School, along with Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg.
The day began with authentic Cambodian food, such as fried rice, noodles, and egg rolls. After that, the celebration moved to the school’s auditorium for a performance of Cambodian songs, dances, and fashions.
“People understand each other better when they know something about them. Their food, their songs and music, their language and religion. You build friendships and you build community that way,” Rosenberg said.
Amherst has a vibrant Cambodian population, which first settled in the region as refugees nearly two decades ago.