The Sunday, June 12, Boston Globe included a special magazine section “Diversity Boston” that prominently featured an article about growing voter activism among Cambodian-Americans in Lowell. Sovanna Pouv of the United Teen Equality Center was profiled as a community organizer intent on registering new Cambodian-American voters. I could not find a link online at boston.com, otherwise I would post the link here. The most recent Diversity Boston issue online is Winter 2010, so maybe it is not up yet. There’s a large photograph of Sovanna Pouv upstairs at UTEC and a second of him on the street. Reporter Milton J. Valencia says the Cambodian-American voter number has risen 40 percent in less than ten years.
The article includes a graph of “Racial and Ethnic Makeup of Lowell,” showing 52.8 percent White, 6 percent Black, 17.3 percent Hispanic, 20 percent Asian, and 3.9 percent Other. By comparison, Massachusetts is 76.1 percent White and 5.3 percent Asian, with the Black population at 6 percent and Hispanic at 9.6 percent (Other is 3 percent).