Cambodians in Long Beach
A relatively new immigrant group in the United States, Cambodians arrived in large numbers only after the 1975 U.S. military withdrawal from Southeast Asia. The region's resulting volatility included Cambodia's overthrow by the brutal Khmer Rouge. The four-year reign of terror by these Communist extremists resulted in the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians in what has become known as the “killing fields.” Many early Cambodian evacuees settled in Long Beach, which today contains the largest concentration of Cambodians in the United States. Later arrivals, survivors of the Khmer Rouge trauma, were drawn to Long Beach by family and friends, jobs, the coastal climate, and access to the Port of Long Beach's Asian imports. Long Beach has since become the political, economic, and cultural center of activities influencing Cambodian culture in the diaspora as well as Cambodia itself.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738556239
: Arcadia Publishing
: 03/31/2008
: California
: Images of America
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Dr. Susan Needham is a linguistic anthropologist at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson. Dr. Karen Quintiliani is an applied anthropologist at California State University, Long Beach. Both professors have been working with and conducting research in the Long Beach Cambodian community since 1988. Photographs for this book were contributed by Cambodians and other community members, local photographers, and the authors.
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