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.
|Commitee:||Nguyen, Huong Tran, Phann, Sambath|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|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|
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