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Celebrate 30 Years of Lowell’s Southeast Asian Community


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Former Governor Among Speakers at Recognition
of Local Leaders, Book Signing
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

6 to 8 p.m.

WHAT: Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis is among the speakers scheduled to take part in this special event honoring leaders from the Southeast Asian community as well as those who have worked to assist refugees who have sought shelter in the Lowell area. A book-signing will be held for recently released collection of essays “Southeast Asian Refugees and Immigrants in the Mill City,” edited by Lan T. Pho and Jeffrey N. Gerson of UMass Lowell and Sylvia R. Cowan of Lesley University. The Angkor Dance Troupe will perform.

WHERE:  Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French St., Lowell


  • Phala Chea: Lowell Public School educator, UMass Lowell graduate and volunteer with organizations including the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.
  • Kitty Dukakis: A first lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 12 years, she has been a dedicated volunteer for efforts assisting Southeast Asian refugees.
  • Ajahn Mangkone Sananikone: Founder of a Buddhist temple and mediation center in Westford, a UMass Lowell alumnus, and volunteer with the Lowell Community Health Center and other local groups that work with the Southeast Asian community.
  • Jacqueline F. Moloney: UMass Lowell’s executive vice chancellor and volunteer for community causes that assist Southeast Asian refugees.
  • Phu Tran: Former president of UMass Lowell’s Vietnamese Student Association, which worked with the community on cultural preservation and other efforts.
  • Tem Chea: Former Lowell teacher and volunteer with the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, he co-founded the Cambodian American Voter League.
  • Ann O’Donnell: Retired supervisor of the Lowell Public Schools Transitional Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language Program who helped meet the educational needs of Southeast Asian refugees.
  • Blong Xiong: Lao Family Mutual Assistance Association employee and volunteer on the city’s Refugee Commission and the Police Department’s Race Relations Council.
  • Hiep Chu: Program coordinator for the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston and executive director of the Vietnamese American Civic Association and Vietnamese American Initiatives for Development.

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