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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(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
University of California Press
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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.