ERIC Number: ED233096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Cambodians: The Challenge of Sponsorship. World Relief Ethnic Profile.
Li, Gertraude Roth
This paper, directed toward Americans who sponsor Cambodian refugees, provides background on these peoples' culture and refugee experience and suggests ways that they might be helped to adapt to life in the United States. It is emphasized that while Cambodians are very cooperative and easy-going, they will need help in a number of areas. In particular, it is recommended that American sponsors explain the value of and attitudes toward work in U.S. society, standards of hygiene, and the limitations of welfare supplements. Further, the paper explains various Cambodian cultural traits (including those related to family and interpersonal relationships, religion, leadership and organizational attitudes, attitudes toward medicine and illness, and gambling) that American sponsors should understand when dealing with these refugees. Also discussed are interethnic attitudes and conflicts among the major Southeast Asian refugee groups--Khmer, Indochinese, and Vietnamese. Information resources for American sponsors are also recommended. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Relief Corp., Nyack, NY.