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Grace after Genocide

Cambodians in the United States

Carol A. Mortland

300 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-470-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78533-471-9 eBook


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“Nothing really prepared me for the ambition and comprehensiveness of Grace after Genocide. It is hard to imagine that we are going to get a more thorough overview of Cambodians in the US than with Mortland’s book—which addresses not just the broad pattern of how these Cambodians deal with their history, but all the nitty gritty details of refugee agencies, sponsorship, welfare and work, and the ins and outs of community organization.” · John Marston, The College of Mexico

Grace after Genocide is the first comprehensive ethnography of Cambodian refugees, charting their struggle to transition from life in agrarian Cambodia to survival in post-industrial America, while maintaining their identities as Cambodians. The ethnography contrasts the lives of refugees who arrived in America after 1975, with their focus on Khmer traditions, values, and relations, with those of their children who, as descendants of the Khmer Rouge catastrophe, have struggled to become Americans in a society that defines them as different. The ethnography explores America’s mid-twentieth century involvement in Southeast Asia and its enormous consequences on multiple generations of Khmer refugees.

Carol A. Mortland is a cultural anthropologist who has been conducting research with Cambodian refugees since 1981 in various locations across the United States. She has also done research in Cambodia, and taught at universities in Washington and New York.

Subject: General Anthropology Refugee & Migration Studies
Area: North America Asia



Contents

Dedication
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: From Cambodians to Refugees

Chapter 1. Being in America
Chapter 2. Economic Survival
Chapter 3. Refugee Litanies
Chapter 4. Resettlement Realities
Chapter 5. Family
Chapter 6. Parents and Children
Chapter 7. Community
Chapter 8. Religion
Chapter 9. Health
Chapter 10. Homeland
Chapter 11. Preserving Culture
Chapter 12. Beyond Refugees

Bibliography
Index

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