@Prey_Kbass: Cambodia Town banners help shape identity of Long Beach area

Lisandro Rives with AAA Flag and Banner installs over eighty new banners in a two-day process that state "Welcome to Cambodia Town" along Anaheim Street in Long Beach on Wednesday. (Diandra Jay/Press-Telegram)

By Greg Mellen, Staff Writer
"I think it's a strong graphic image," said Craig Watson, executive director of the Arts Council, noting that more than 100 pieces were submitted online.
The winning design depicts a dancer/guard in reds and rusts in a classic Apsara-style pose from a classical Khmer dance. In the background is an image of a sun slung low over the Angkor Wat temple complex. At the top of the banner is a sign in white letters that reads "Welcome to Cambodia Town." On the back, the welcoming message is repeated in Khmer, followed by a list of the sponsors.
The banners arrived just in time for two dance events this weekend, that are part of the Arts Council's "A lot"  series on the empty lot at Anaheim Street and Walnut Avenue and two weeks ahead of the popular Cambodian New Year's parade on Anaheim Street. Business owners have yet to create an economic improvement district needed to receive city funds and other procedural aspects remain in the works. However, with the banners, the Cambodia Town area has a little more sense of self. Cambodia Town, the stretch of Anaheim Street between Atlantic Avenue and Junipero Avenue was made mostly official by the City Council in July 2007 and has had that unofficial title for years.
greg.mellen@presstelegram.com, 562-499-1291

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