In this latest edition of the "In Their Own Voices" series, six Cambodian teenagers, who now live in various parts of the U.S., briefly describe some of their adjustments to life in a new country, their experiences back in Cambodia and refugee camps, and some of their plans and dreams for the future. Black and white and colored photographs, plus inserts touching on subjects such as Angkor Wat, Cambodian New Year, and food and dress, help enliven the text. A useful introduction provides information on Cambodian history, culture and politics. A map, index, glossary and further reading section are included.
Gr 5-8-Following a brief description of each country's history and culture are six to eight interviews with native teenagers who are now living in the U.S. The young people talk about their lives here and in their homeland, their trip to the U.S., and the adjustments they have made. At times very moving, particularly when describing hardships endured, the interviews are nonetheless highly uneven and choppy. Vietnam is the strongest in detail; text blocks on culture and customs fill out Cambodia. Full-color photos accompany the introductions; full-and half-page black-and-white photographs are used elsewhere. They are dark, fuzzy, and unappealing; in China particularly, they bear no relation to the text. The bibliographies contain several unfortunate errors. Marginal purchases.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA