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Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto

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“Not an account of a transition from refugee hardship to redemptive US citizenship, [Unsettled] is rather a description of uprooting, captivity, poverty, displacement, and fugitivity—and the ever elusive project of ‘arrival.’” —Lisa Lowe

In the years during and following the Cambodian genocide, hundreds of thousands of Cambodian refugees were resettled in the US. In the 1980s and 1990s, ten thousand of these refugees arrived in the Bronx. Through the story of Ra Pronh and her family, who arrived in the Bronx in 1986 after spending years in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines, scholar and organizer Eric Tang (University of Texas, Austin) locates the Bronx Cambodians and their “unclosed sojourn” within a longer history of war and displacement. We mark the release of this critical new work of activist scholarship with a series of conversations featuring Tang, Pronh, and long-time community organizer Chhaya Chhoum (Executive Director and Cofounder, Mekong NYC).

Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Add to Calendar 03/22/2016 06:30 PM 03/22/2016 08:30 PM America/New_York Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/7139/ Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, NY, 10003