Khmer American Identity and Moral Education in a Diasporic Community

ISBN-10: 0520213491

ISBN-13: 9780520213494

Edition: 1999

List price: $31.95
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In the early 1980s, tens of thousands of Cambodian refugees fled their war-torn country to take up residence in the United States, where they quickly became one of the most troubled and least studied immigrant groups. This book is the story of that passage, and of the efforts of Khmer Americans to recreate the fabric of culture and identity in the aftermath of the Khmer holocaust. Based on long-term research among Cambodians residing in metropolitan Boston, this rich ethnography provides a vivid portrait of the challenges facing Khmer American culture as seen from the perspective of elders attempting to preserve Khmer Buddhism in a deeply unfamiliar world. The study highlights the tensions and ambivalences of Khmer socialization, with particular emphasis on Khmer conceptions of personhood, morality, and sexuality. Nancy J. Smith-Hefner considers how this cultural heritage influences the performance of Khmer children in American schools and, ultimately, determines Khmer engagement with American culture.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 335
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Identity and Transition
To Be Khmer Is to Be Buddhist
Early Socialization: Observing the Child
Moral Education: The Child within the Family
Schooling in America
Sexuality and Marriage
The Search for the Middle Path
Notes
References
Index
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