MA: First Cambodian-American mayor in US sworn in

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“He came to the U.S. as a young refugee, having survived Khmer Rouge’s brutal rule. Now, Sokhary Chau is the nation’s first Cambodian American mayor. The 49-year-old city councilor in Lowell, Massachusetts, was unanimously picked by his colleagues to assume the body’s top post Monday, in the process also becoming the city’s first Asian American mayor. ‘God bless America, right? I was a refugee, now I’m mayor of a major city in Massachusetts,’ Chau said hours after he was officially sworn in. ‘I don’t know if that could happen anywhere else in the world. I’m still trying to absorb it.’ Chau, in his inaugural remarks, reflected on his family’s perilous escape from Cambodia and the deep immigrant roots in Lowell, about about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Boston near the New Hampshire line.” (01/04/22)