United Cambodian Community honored teacher and translator Darith Ung recently with the Rumdul Blessing Award for his more than 22 years of service to Cambodian families. Ung accepted the award at UCC’s 40th Anniversary Gala.
“Throughout your years in education and through your partnership with UCC, you have established a strong foundation of support for the Cambodian youth of Long Beach,” UCC Executive Director Susana Sngiem said.
Ung serves as a bilingual Khmer teacher on special assignment, translating materials for the school district and teaching four levels of Khmer at Wilson High School. Khmer is the primary language spoken in Cambodia.
Ung also teaches a Khmer language class at Cal State Long Beach. Ung started with the school district as a school community worker at Lincoln Elementary School and soon began working at LBUSD’s central office.
“I feel very grateful and humbled. I was proud to represent LBUSD for being recognized for the services we have been providing to the Cambodian community,” Ung said. “I would like to thank (Assistant Superintendent) Mrs. Pamela Seki who has always been very supportive of the UCC and for allowing me to offer the services to the parents and students.”
Applauding Ung at the awards event were Board of Education President Megan Kerr and fellow board member John McGinnis.
“Darith is is an immigrant to the United States. He’s a survivor of the killings fields (during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime), and he came through Canada to the United States, and while here he earned his master of arts degree in teaching and learning,” McGinnis said after the award presentation. “Hooray for Darith. It was a wonderful event.”