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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Archaeology of (missing) knowledge
by Phann, Sambath, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 76; 10241595
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Scott
Commitee: Douglas, Thomas, Reese, Leslie
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
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
Publication Number: 10241595
ISBN: 978-1-369-45360-7
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