Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Voices of Cambodian American College Graduates: Factors that Contributed to Their Challenges and Success in Earning a Bachelor's Degree
by Gonzales, Mathew Kaizer N., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 144; 10829166
Abstract (Summary)

While aggregated data demonstrates a high degree of educational attainment among Asian Americans as a whole, disaggregated data reveals a striking disparity among Cambodian Americans. Postsecondary education experiences of Cambodian Americans are often overlooked, in part due to a pervasive model minority stereotype. This qualitative study explored factors contributing to challenges and successes of 12 Cambodian Americans who successfully earned a bachelor’s degree from a California institution. Four themes emerged from this study: Family—two camps, Cambodian invisibility, major challenges and barriers, and internal and external resources for success. Findings revealed how pervasive stereotypes, family perceptions, language barriers, and other commitments influenced the college experience while highlighting the role that internal drive, peers, and institutional support had on their success. This study adds to limited research on the experiences of Cambodian Americans in higher education and offers recommendations for policy, practice, and future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Brien, Jonathan
Commitee: Nguyen, Huong Tran, Phann, Sambath
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Education, Higher education
Keywords: Cambodian, Cambodian American, College, Higher education, Khmer, Southeast Asian American
Publication Number: 10829166
ISBN: 9780438258815
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