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Cambodians often can speak multiple languages. One of the main languages they speak are Khmer. They can also speak other languages, like English and Chinese.

Medical Care/Medical Barriers/Medical Beliefs:

Cambodians have one of the highest uninsured rates, compared to other Asian/Pacific Islander Ethnicities. About 17% of Cambodians are without health insurance. Cambodians face barriers that tie to their biological race, genetics and more. Cambodians often believe that they become sick due to their past sins. They also believe in natural solutions and in spiritual healing.

Social Hierarchy:

Many Cambodians were influenced by their neighboring countries before moving to MN. Cambodians usually come with respect and caring intentions. Cambodian households may be multigenerational homes or living near other family members. Being close to others loved ones are very important to them.


Many Cambodians have replaced their homecooked meals with processed or fast food. The traditional homecooked Cambodians meals usually included fish, rich, meat, and fruits and vegetables. Some popular traditional dished that Cambodians make are; Pleah Sach Ko, Green Papaya Salad, and Samlar Kari.

Life Expectancy:

The life expectancy for Cambodians is 69.8 years. This is on the lower range of life expectancy rates, when compared to other Asian/Pacific Islander Ethnicities.


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