In this study, I re-tell the life stories of two Khmer high school “dropouts,” Thom and Kevin. Through the collection and reflection of their life stories, I specifically discovered what led Thom and Kevin to “drop out” and uncover whether either had planned on pursuing or dreamt of a four-year postsecondary education in high school. Through interviewing, surveying, and participant-produced visual art, I offered glimpses into their everyday experiences and hopes and dreams for their futures. Based on the stories of Thom and Kevin and Khmer stories in the literature, I provided “Khmer-up,” culturally responsive, and proactive actions to see educational justice for Khmer lives. Issues of invisibility, loneliness, lack of a sense of belonging, personal hardships, challenges in school and community, and their desires for better lives for themselves ricocheted from their stories.
|Commitee:||Douglas, Thomas, Reese, Leslie|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Asian Studies, Multicultural Education|
|Keywords:||Asian American studies, Educational anthropology, Educational justice, Khmer American students, Khmer Americans, Life stories|
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