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Cambodian Diaspora
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Lita Cheng, Università degli studi di Genova, 2014-15
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Social and Political Sciences
Abstract
I have chosen to prepare this thesis on the topic Cambodian diaspora for my graduating for two main reasons. First of all, in dedicating to my study and personal reason. In fact, my family were experienced and effected directly from the tragedy, which is characterized the recent history of Cambodia.
My parents escaped with boat from Cambodia at the mid 80s. They had been fortunately arrived at an island of Malaysia, where they had found themselves in a refugee camp, most occupied by the Vietnamese boat people. For many years, I was born in 1991, the year the camp was completely destroyed for preventing the new coming refuge to the island.
Secondly, has come to my interests in the field of communication and sociology. In short, in this work I have examined in sociological aspects and of the Cambodian diaspora. In this thesis, I have been studied through the directly storytelling of the refuge, analyst on the reporting from journalists and base on the several documentary films by the time which are presents online.
I have created within this method on how media was reporting at the time of the diaspora.
There were two different versions of the Cambodian diaspora; the end of the Khmer Rouge regime; from the powerful of the media, for the political reason in which was presenting in the cold war through the reporting on the war and diaspora.
In the context of the diaspora and the future possibility in developing the country connecting to the country of origin, will be mentioning the special distribution of single country and as well the number of the Cambodian diaspora had been resettled in the world.
In difficulty meeting the first generation of the diaspora, I try to write about the integration of the Cambodian communities in the world, particularly the United States of America, where many huge Cambodian communities have been found.
From the direct experience of the refuge and the storytelling of two women and her life, and through a few online videos analyst will conclude with a few considerations.
Finally, I will try to understand the possibility future of the second and third generation of the diaspora, in the between the sense toward the country origin of their parents, in some case many have not visited and through many who have been returned in the decision to contribute with their proper knowledge to better the future development of the country. However, in a time, one country of their first generation of refuge who are living abroad, not really fond on their next generation's return from where they were taking their lives to arrive at their point now.
First of all, the first chapter aims to explain in a concise but at the same time very precise and complete, what were the major historical events that have characterized the history of Cambodia from the 1950, events closely related to the reasons that sparked the Diaspora. Without understanding the seriousness of the political and social upheavals that occurred, it is impossible to understand why the population has fled en bloc to an uncertain future, often encountering a heavy trip could possibly cost their lives. In addition to the synthesis of historical events, I focused on the analysis of major wars and the subsequent regime of the Khmer Rouge, without which the Diaspora probably would not even occurred. Finally, the first chapter ends with my account of how all these hot topics of the past cambodian, (wars, Khmer Rouge genocide, diaspora, etc,) are not treated in the right way focus and well studied in the education system cambodian, sometimes for simple ignorance but very often to the attempt to bring down a forgotten past with which Cambodia has not yet come to terminate at all, and which many people in the current government do not want to keep talking about their past position in the Khmer Rouge regime.
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