This qualitative study explores how second generation Cambodian American mothers negotiate their gender identities and how their experiences growing up as the children of refugee parents influence their own parenting practices. In-depth interviews and ethnographic observations were employed to understand the influence of family, the presence or absence of Cambodian culture in their lives, and intergenerational tensions and expectations on the meaning of being a Cambodian American mother. The findings of this study indicate the different ways second generation Cambodian American women negotiate being mothers and create new childrearing practices based upon their own traditional or strict upbringings, while still upholding certain Cambodian cultural practices and customs they see valuable to their children's lives as well as their own today. The study was conducted in Long Beach, California where the largest Cambodian community in the United States resides.
|Commitee:||Kim, Barbara, LeMaster, Barbara|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Asian American Studies|
|Keywords:||Cambodian mothers, Ethnic identity, Second generation Asian Americans, Traditional Cambodian women|
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