Television and National Sport

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"Not Just Victims" contains twelve oral histories based on conversations with Cambodian community leaders in eight American cities with sizable Cambodian ethnic communities. Unlike the dozens of autobiographies published by Cambodians that focus largely on their victimization and experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime before fleeing Cambodia, these narratives describe how Cambodian refugees have adapted to life in the United States. Providing insiders' views of the issues and challenges the group is encountering, "Not Just Victims" focuses on communities in Long Beach, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, and the Massachusetts towns of Fall River and Lowell. Sucheng Chan's extensive introduction provides a historical framework within which the stories of the refugees can be better understood. She discusses the civil war that brought death to half a million people (1970-75), the bloody Khmer Rouge revolution (1975-79), the border war during the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia (1979-89), and the additional travails faced by those who escaped to holding camps in Thailand. The book also includes an essay on oral history and a substantial bibliography.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.64g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • samples
  • 0252015169
  • 9780252015168

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"Not Just Victims is of very high quality as a piece of scholarship. The review of the literature on Cambodia and Cambodian refugees is extraordinary. The book contains easily the single best synthesis of Cambodian history, migration and resettlement I have ever read." -- Jeremy Hein, author of From Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia: A Refugee Experience in the United States "Not Just Victims is not only the most important work yet published about the kind of life that Cambodians are creating for themselves in the New World, but it also gives a concise account of Cambodian catastrophe in the Old." -- Roger Daniels, series editor
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