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Khmer American: Identity and Moral Education in a Diasporic Community.
By Nancy 3. Smith-Hefner. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. Xvi + 237. Illustrations and index. $19.95.
Evaluating the findings of this book on intergenerational cultural transmission among Cambodians in the Boston area is challenging because of the dearth of factual knowledge about this group. A few surveys of the Southeast Asian population in southern California and a handful of case studies and oral histories constitute the extent of social science research on Cambodians in the United States. (I have never heard them use the name Khmer American.) This limited research base …