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Survivors Sucheng Chan

Survivors By Sucheng Chan

Survivors by Sucheng Chan


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Presents a multidisciplinary study of why and how Cambodians have come to the US and how they have fared since. Drawing on interviews with more than fifty community leaders, government officials, and staff members in volunteer agencies, this book synthesizes the literature on the refugees, many of whom come from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Survivors: CAMBODIAN REFUGEES IN THE UNITED STATES by Sucheng Chan

In this clear, comprehensive, and unflinching study, Sucheng Chan invites us to follow the saga of Cambodian refugees striving to distance themselves from a series of cataclysmic events in their homeland. Survivors tracks not only the Cambodians' fight for life lives but also their battle for self-definition in new American surroundings. Unparalleled in scope, Survivors begins with the Cambodians' experiences under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, following them through escape to refugee camps in Thailand and finally to the United States, where they try to build new lives in the wake of massive trauma. Their struggle becomes primarily economic as they continue to negotiate new cultures and deal with rapidly changing gender and intergenerational relations within their own families. Poverty, crime, and racial discrimination all have an impact on their experiences in America, and each is examined in depth. Although written as a history, this is a thoroughly multidisciplinary study, and Chan makes use of research from anthropology, sociology, psychology, medicine, social work, linguistics and education. She also captures the perspective of individual Cambodians. Drawing on interviews with more than fifty community leaders, a hundred government officials, and staff members in volunteer agencies, Survivors synthesizes the literature on Cambodian refugees, many of whom come from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. A major scholarly achievement, Survivors is unique in the Asian American canon for its memorable presentation of cutting-edge research and its interpretation of both sides of the immigration process.

Survivors Reviews

An excellent, comprehensive, elegantly written multidisciplinary survey of recent Cambodian history and the resettlement of Cambodian refugees in the United States. This book by a highly accomplished scholar of Asian Americans will be the definitive work on the subject. --Ben Kiernan, Yale University, author of The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79

About Sucheng Chan

Sucheng Chan is professor emeritus of Asian American studies and global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author or editor of twelve books, including This Bittersweet Soil: The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860-1910, Quiet Odyssey: A Pioneer Korean Woman in America, and Not Just Victims: Conversations with Cambodian Community Leaders in the United States. She has won numerous awards for her books, including three times the outstanding book award in history and social science from the Association for Asian American Studies..

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CIN0252071794G
9780252071799
0252071794
Survivors: CAMBODIAN REFUGEES IN THE UNITED STATES by Sucheng Chan
Used - Good
Paperback
University of Illinois Press
20040505
376
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