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Merrimack Valley

May 8, 2013

Speech winner: I live in the city of the 'damned proud'


“We definitely still have discrimination today,” he said.

During the dinner presentation, Nikki Toeur a refugee from Cambodia and Muoi Lam from Vietnam, spoke about realizing their dreams in the United States. Toeur came to the United States in 1982 after being in several prison camps

Lam escaped Vietnam in 1979 with her brother and his family on a metal boat. While at sea, they were robbed by pirates and later rescue by an Indonesian oil boat. She came to the United States in 1980, got married and has two sons, Alan and George, the latter she named after America’s first president George Washington.

“Freedom is something very expensive and valuable to us,” said Lam, an outreach worker at Asian Center of the Merrimack Valley. “We do not forget where we come from and how lucky we are today.”

“These words remind us that it’s not just a theme, but there are real consequences for people and how it changes their lives,” said Attorney Cynthia Grove Hastings, co-chair of the Law Day Committee along with Attorney Rebecca Martin.

In addition, the Judge Mark Newman, associate justice of the Lawrence Juvenile Court, received the Leadership Award from the Lawrence Bar Association.




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