Immigrants Come To America Case Study

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(All information comes from the websites listed) 1. Push/Pull – Politically, Socially, & Economically 2. Immediate Impact on places they settled 3. How have immigrants shaped America’s social, political, & economic environment? WHY DID CAMBODIANS COME TO AMERICA? http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_Cambodians_come_to_America “There was a civil war between the Native Cambodians and the Khmer Rouge Regime. The Khmer Rouge Regime began in 1975 and ended in 1979. It has been said the Vietnamese army help chase the Khmer Rouge out of Cambodia; however, they wanted to take over Cambodia's land. Also, the U.N also came and helped the Native Cambodians out. The Khmer Rouge murdered and killed at least 3 million Cambodians. So,…show more content…
* The United States had programs to aid refugees and give families sponsors who would be financially and personally responsible for them. The government also provided classes to teach refugees English and American culture. * Immigrants had much greater freedom in the United States, and they could preserve their traditions and pursue academic goals without going against governmental orders. * The situation in the United States was much more stable- the war did not have physical effects on the country and people were safe from bombings and attacks .” (1) PUSH FACTORS * Turmoil created by the Vietnam War resulted in the invasion of Cambodia by America and South Vietnam, and then a leftist group known as the Khmer Rouge came into power. * The Khmer Rouge tried to create a completely new society by removing everything 'old' or individual-centered, including traditions, elderly people, and family life. The attempt to industrialize the country eventually reduced it 'into a collection of forced labor…show more content…
citizen by the early 1990s * Many Cambodians are not very involved with the United States government or political situation and instead focus on rebuilding their country by sending volunteers to Cambodia. (2) CONTRIBUTIONS TO U.S. * Cambodian linguists and scholars like Im Proum and Sam Ang-Sam have helped educate people about Cambodia and its people and language. * Maha Ghosananda is a Buddhist monk and peace activist who lives in the United States, he was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. * Haing Ngor was an Oscar winning actor and a doctor who survived the Khmer Rouge takeover. His family was killed by execution squads, and he came to the United States and started organizations to care for South Asian refugees. He was shot outside of his home in Los Angeles in 1996 by members of a street gang. (3) * The women are highly valued in Cambodia. “The wife ‘budgets the family assets and cares for the children. She is highly regarded by men in her own family and by Cambodian society at large.’ “ *
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