Braving a New World: Cambodian (Khmer) Refugees in an American City

Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - 169 páginas

This ethnography, based on a five-year field study, presents a holistic view of a nearly invisible ethnic minority in the urban Midwest, Cambodian refugees. Hopkins begins with a brief look at Cambodian history and the reign which led these farmers to flee their homeland, and then presents an intimate portrait of ordinary family life and also of Buddhist ceremonial life. The book details their struggles to adjust in the face of the many barriers presented by American urban life, such as poverty, dangerous neighborhoods, and unemployment, and also by the conflict between their particular needs and American institutions such as schools, health care, law, and even the agencies intended to help them.


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Meeting Basic Needs
3 Patterns of Kinship
4 Patterns of Social Organization
Traditional Values in a New Setting
Individuals and Institutions
Cambodian Children in American Schools
Maintaining Tradition Transcending Barriers
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Página xiv - The Khmer Rouge, or the Pol Pot regime, changed the name of the nation to Democratic Kampuchea; in 1979 the Vietnamese changed it to People's Republic of Kampuchea; in 1989 the official name again became Cambodia. All but one of my informants refer to their country as Cambodia (pronounced closer to "Comboja,

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MARYCAROL HOPKINS is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northern Kentucky University.

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