Connecting with a new generation: Amherst program links students of Cambodian descent to their roots

When he was little, Shane Mang, the son of Cambodian immigrants, spoke some Khmer, the Cambodian language, around his home.

Now a sixth-grader at Crocker Farm School, Shane is reminded of many basic words in that language while attending an after-school program that also offers an understanding of Cambodia’s history and culture.

“It’s fun and I really like it,” Shane said of being part of the weekly Cambodian Affinity Group.

Led by Seiha Krouch and his wife, Thyda Ty, the program continues the Amherst public schools’ longstanding efforts to make sure those of Cambodian descent, as well as other interested students, can get some knowledge of the Southeast Asian country.

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