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Imagination and negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men
by Samel, Chrysna, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 115; 1528043
Abstract (Summary)

Imagination and Negotiation presents an in-depth look at the lives of Cambodian migrants living in Long Beach, San Bernardino, and Stockton, California who are married to Cambodian American men. This qualitative research investigates how the "work of the imagination," gender roles and inequalities, and political and economic instability in Asia influence Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men. This study continues its examination of their lives after arrival in America as they encounter the challenges of being immigrants, wives, mothers, and daughters-in-law. Through in-depth interviews and participant observation, findings suggest that Cambodian women are still confronted with gender inequalities because their new families in America believe these overseas wives and daughters-in-law should be traditional and "virtuous." It is their resiliency in negotiating their roles as Cambodian women here in America that they have overcome some of their struggles to achieve their "American Dream."

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Quintiliani, Karen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Applied Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Asian Studies, Womens studies
Keywords: Cambodian migrants, Gender inequalities
Publication Number: 1528043
ISBN: 978-1-303-98567-6
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