ERIC Number: ED347228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of the History and Culture of Indochina. New Faces of Liberty Series.
Teachers who have classes with many Southeast Asian American students face the dual challenge of their own lack of knowledge about the cultural backgrounds of their students and of the students' often fragmentary understandings of their own war-torn cultures. This overview briefly describes the history and culture of Indochina to provide knowledge for the teacher and to encourage the teacher to stimulate the child's interest in his or her own culture. Central to understanding the complex populations of Indochina is recognizing the differences between highland and lowland peoples (the Hmong and Mien, for example, as opposed to the lowland Lao, Cambodians, and Vietnamese). A knowledge of the interactions between the peoples of Southeast Asia and the Europeans (particularly the French, the Chinese, and the Italians) is also necessary to an understanding of the present immigrant cultures. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Asian History, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Indochinese, Knowledge Level, Limited English Speaking, Refugees, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, War, Western Civilization
New Faces of Liberty/SFSC, P.O. Box 5646, San Francisco, CA 94101 ($2.50 per essay plus $1 tax, postage, and handling; or $15 for the series of eight essays plus $2 tax, postage, and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, CA.; California Univ., Berkeley. Graduate School of Education.
Identifiers: Indochina; Indochinese Culture; Language Minorities; Southeast Asians
Note: For related documents, see UD 028 657-661.