The fourth annual Mother and Daughter Conference, centered on empowering mothers and daughters throughout Long Beach, will be hosted by the Khmer Parent Association this Saturday at McBride Park Gymnasium.
“If we don’t have a healthy family, then we don’t have a healthy community,” said Chan Hopson, the organization’s co-founder and executive director for more than 20 years. Hopson, who came to Long Beach from Cambodia in the 1980s, knows firsthand the critical role parental support plays in the development of a young person.
“Cambodian families didn’t normally let women pursue higher education,” Hopson said. “But with the support from my mother and father, I was able to gain an education that led me to where I am now.”
The annual conference is intended to foster discussions on topics affecting women of all ages, socioeconomic status, and ethnic background to strengthen mother-daughter relationships. Hopson hopes to create an environment where women can learn from each other and discuss topics such as mental health that they might have never discussed otherwise.