Urban ethnography : an exploration and interpretation of the post-camp period of Laotian refugees settling in Eugene-Springfield, Oregon Public Deposited

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  • This study employed ethnographic methodology to investigateand record the post-camp
  • This study employed ethnographic methodology to investigateand record the post-camp, pre-assimilation period of Laotian refugees.The primary goal was to document the special problems andexperiences of the Laotian population as they attempted to adjustto new roles and expectations within mainstream North Americansociety.Oral histories and biographical statements focused on theperceptions and observations of the members of the refugee populationas they arrived and interacted with American culture.Data gathered during fieldwork were analyzed within a frameworkof selected educational and anthropological theories.Fieldwork within the Laotian refugee community during itspost-camp interfacing with North American culture generatedconclusions and recommendations which focused on and relatedto the entire spectrum of human activity. Particular emphasiswas placed on Laotian and American cultural structures as wellas on the psychological and cultural difficulties and challengeseach population encountered during the first stages of assimilation or acculturation. This study was conducted with heavyemphasis on participant observation and analyzed within theanthropological tradition of reflexivity.
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