Cambodians in Stockton, California: Background information when reading Afterparties

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Afterparties

by Anthony Veasna So

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Afterparties by Anthony Veasna  So
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Cambodians in Stockton, California

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Buddhas at the Khmer New Year Festival in Stockton Several stories in Anthony Veasna So's short story collection Afterparties take place in Stockton, California, the author's hometown. Stockton is home to the fifth largest population of ethnically Cambodian people in the United States as of 2019, according to the Pew Research Center. A 2018 study by U.S. News and World Report found Stockton to be the most diverse city in the United States.

Stockton is located in California's Central Valley, about 80 miles northeast of San Francisco. Its racial demographic makeup in 2018 was 42% Hispanic, 24% Asian, 19% white and 13% Black. However, it is far from being a bastion of racial tolerance and equity, as there are large income, education and opportunity gaps among the races, with white households earning roughly twice the income of Black households. The city has also suffered from a drug and gang violence problem for decades, an issue that disproportionately affects people of color, including Cambodians. Many refugees who fled to the U...

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