Braving a New World: Cambodian (Khmer) Refugees in an American City available in Hardcover
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- ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
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.
About the Author
MARYCAROL HOPKINS is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northern Kentucky University.
Table of Contents
Material Culture: Meeting Basic Needs
Patterns of Kinship
Patterns of Social Organization
Agents of Culture Change: Individuals and Institutions
Cambodian Children in American Schools