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Description - Khmer American by Nancy J. Smith-Hefner

In the early 1980s, tens of thousands of Cambodian refugees fled to the United States, where they became one of the most troubled and least studied immigrant groups. This text 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. The study attempts to highlight the tensions and ambivalences of Khmer socialization, with emphasis on Khmer conceptions of personhood, morality and sexuality. It considers how this cultural heritage influences the performance of Khmer children in American school and determines Khmer engagement with American culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520213494
ISBN-10: 0520213491
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 335
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 14-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nancy J. Smith-Hefner

Nancy J. Smith-Hefner is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Boston.