ERIC Number: ED213484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Assimilation and Acculturation of Indochinese Children Into American Culture.
Ellis, Arthur A.
This document, published by the Office of Refugee Services, Department of Social Services, describes a study of the cultural conflicts and other difficulties experienced by Indochinese children and their families during their assimilation into the North American culture. Following an introductory overview of the study's objectives and methodology, Chapter I provides the major conclusions drawn from the study and discusses major future salient issues or important unresolved problems. Salient issues are discussed in terms of refugee children and their families, human services/welfare dependency, the performance of voluntary agencies, and federal management, policies, and programs. In order to gain some perspective on how difficult it is for Indochinese children to adjust to American culture, several key elements of the environment in their native countries are discussed in Chapter II. Cross-cultural differences and the resulting cultural conflicts for the children, as gleaned from the literature, are also described in Chapter II, along with the rationale, method, and findings of a survey conducted with Indochinese refugees. Finally, the conditions surrounding the refugees' departure from their native countries, the time spent in refugee camps, resettlement in the United States, problems and conflicts of the new arrivals, the programs designed to ameliorate these problems, and the characteristics of refugees receiving assistance are discussed in Chapter III. Copies of the questionnaires used to generate information concerning Indochinese children's problems and education are appended. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Cambodians, Children, Culture Conflict, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Problems, Federal Aid, Indochinese, Laotians, North American Culture, Refugees, Social Integration, Student Behavior, Surveys, Vietnamese People, Voluntary Agencies, Welfare Services
Publications, Department of Social Services, 744 P Street, Mail Station 14-65, Sacramento, CA 95814 (no charge, limited number available).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Social Services, Sacramento. Office of Refugee Services.