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4.St. Patrick Church, Suffolk Street
Since 1831, St. Patrick Catholic Church has stood tall in the heart 
of the Acre neighborhood. Today, in addition to serving Irish and 
French parishioners, the church offers native language services to 
small communities of Cambodian and Vietnamese Catholics. To 
Lowell's Cambodian community, St. Patrick's Church represents even 
more than just an invitation to practice Catholicism. It is the home 
of An Ros, Americas first Cambodian deacon, only the second in the 
world. St. Patrick's Parish School has a student body that is primarily 
Asian. The church is also the site of civic debate and discussion, 
allowing Southeast Asians to address and resolve important neighbor-
hood issues. It served as the first home of the St. Julie Asian 
Center, (now located in the Lower Highlands), offering instruction
 in English, child care, American citizenship, nutrition, and health 
and safety. For reasons beyond religion, St. Patrick's is an institu-
tional anchor within an often changing neighborhood landscape.

5. Golden Swan Restaurant, 21-27 Adams Street
The Golden Swan also  called "La Lune" (The Moon) is located 
at another entrance point to the Acre neighborhood. It is the largest
and most popular function hall for Lowell's Cambodian community, 
hosting graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, weekend
dances, concerts arranged by private promoters, and other large 
social events. In Cambodia, special events such as weddings, most 
often take place at home. Today, in Lowell, the pace and scale of 
urban life makes it difficult to hold large gatherings at home. A 
typical reception at the Golden Swan, for about two hundred people, 
begins with a feast of "bird's nest" platter (consisting of fried 
taro in the shape of a bowl filled with seafood and Southeast 
Asian vegetables), Cambodian fondue, and continues with rice 
and noodles with fish, beef, or chicken. After the meal, some tables
are moved aside to create a dance floor, with people dancing to 
both traditional Cambodian music and contemporary popular 
songs. One of the most favored dances is the madizon, an elegant 
group dance first introduced to Cambodians by early twentieth-
century French colonists.

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