Between Two Cultures: The Case of Cambodian Women in America

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Peter Lang, 2007 - History - 139 pages
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Between Two Cultures: The Case of Cambodian Women in America is a study of Cambodian (Khmer) refugee women who settled in Lowell, Massachusetts, a city known for its immigrant history. This study describes the journeys made and the challenges faced by these newcomers as they attempted resettlement in an environment very different from their home country. Simply and lucidly, Mitra Das gives us captivating insights and an understanding of the experiences of this group of refugees from different shores. In so doing, she brings to life the processes and conditions that are important for adaptation to American society. It can be a valuable source for understanding the dynamics of migration, ethnicity, and gender and can be used for those courses in sociology. People outside of academia working with refugee and immigrant groups will also find this book to be a valuable resource.
 

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Contents

Origins of the Journey Where They Came from and Why?
21
All America City
39
A New Beginning Challenges and Opportunities
55
From Tradition to Modern Family Changes Among Cambodian Women
75
Toward Empowerment Community Institution Building
93
Conclusion
113
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The Author: Mitra Das was born in Delhi, India. She is Professor of Sociology and former Chairperson of the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts. She is the author of From Nation to Nation (1981) and co-author of Technology, Values, and Society (Peter Lang, 1989) as well as numerous articles. This book is the result of her participation in several grants where she team-taught in interdisciplinary courses devoted to the understanding of the history of Lowell and ethnicity in Massachusetts.

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