Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding the college experiences of Cambodian American students
by Tang, Jennifer, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 145; 1523199
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haviland, Don
Commitee: Kim, Simon, Murray, John
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Publication Number: 1523199
ISBN: 978-1-303-20488-3
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