This qualitative research examined the various factors that shape the experiences of 13 Cambodian Americans at a large, public institution in California. Cambodian American students are often overlooked in academe because of the model minority myth, but they earn lower academic achievements than the stereotype indicates. Findings revealed personal, cultural, social and educational factors that influenced and motivated the students. Although students believe in the value of education, family and culture have a greater impact on their college lives. Participants confronted the challenges of being underrepresented Asian Americans and first generation college students. Institutions need to better support the students by creating an inclusive learning environment in and outside the classroom.
Keywords: Asian American, Southeast Asians, Cambodian American, Khmer, underrepresented, model minority, validation, college experience.
|Commitee:||Kim, Simon, Murray, John|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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