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Collection Details


Collection Name: Cambodian-American Women Oral History Project
Repository Name: Harvard University. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Schlesinger Library [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Dates Spanned: 1986-1993
Description: Description : 1 linear ft. History notes : The Cambodian-American Women Oral History Project was initiated in 1986 by Richard F. Mollica, M.D., in conjunction with the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. An assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate in the Harvard Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mollica had worked with patients at the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic in Brighton, Mass., and became aware of the importance of recording Cambodian women refugees’ experiences. With the support of the Ford Foundation and with the assistance of his Cambodian associate, Svang Tor, who served as interpreter, Mollica interviewed ten Cambodian women. Each interview explores the "trauma" story, beginning in Cambodia and continuing through immigration to the United States, the impact of the interviewee’s experiences, both political and personal, on her life; changes in gender-related roles after her arrival in the United States, and the significance of Buddhism in her ability to cope with her trauma and new life. Summary : Collection consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, and printed materials about the project and Cambodian refugee camps. Also included are videotapes of a Cambodian-American Youth Oral History Project. Tapes and transcripts of the Cambodian-American Women Oral History Project will be added later. Provenance : Gift of the Project, 2001. Notes : Unprocessed but available for research.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 25
Broad Subjects: Genocide; Biography; Women's Studies; Emigration and Immigration; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: Asian American women; Biography; Cambodia; Cambodian Americans; Cambodian Civil War, 1970-1975; Emigration and immigration; Genocide--Cambodia; Oral history; Refugees; United States; Women
Collection Code: OHC0000992