Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educational Experiences of 1.5 Generation Cambodian Americans
by Chhay, Kassandra A., M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2019, 175; 13811598
Abstract (Summary)

During the 1980s, an influx of Cambodian Americans resettled in the United States due to the Cambodian genocide. Those Cambodian refugees who came to the United States as either infants, children or adolescents due to warfare, are members of the 1.5 generation. This thesis examines the educational trajectory of 1.5 generation Cambodian Americans in the context of family, school, and community from their resettlement in the United States to adulthood. Using a narrative approach, I examine how the eighteen participants in the study overcame certain challenges to attain success and how they negotiated their cultural and ethnic identity in relation to their academic aspirations. The data was analyzed using the concepts of Tara J. Yosso's (2005) community cultural wealth theory, Pierre Bourdieu's (1990) cultural and social capital, Arjun Appadurai's (1995) concept of ethnoscapes, ideoscapes and mediascapes, and Stuart Hall's (1990) concept of cultural identity. Findings revealed the amount of support the 1.5 generation Cambodian Americans received from their family, school, and community influenced their level of success and the participants were active in seeking out resources to meet their needs. The study contributes to the growing body of literature on Cambodian students by highlighting the impact of cultural and generational differences they faced to achieve success.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Molnar, Andrea, Ledgerwood, Judy
Commitee: Chhuon, Vichet
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Southeast Asian studies, Cultural anthropology, Social studies education
Keywords: 1.5 generation, 1.5 generation Cambodians, Cambodian American students, Cambodian refugees, Educational experiences, Southeast Asian students
Publication Number: 13811598
ISBN: 978-1-392-29276-1
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