Rescuing the Children

Aihwa Ong

in Buddha Is Hiding

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520229983
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937161 | DOI:
Rescuing the Children

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This chapter discusses several social interventions into the family, including the attempts to restore the relations between parents and children. It looks at the efforts of social workers to reform and remove the so-called “primitive” aspects of Cambodian practices and replaces these with a model of negotiative interactions. It examines the dependency the parents had on their children, the areas of disagreement, and even the handling of courtship and marriage. This is followed by a discussion of risk management in child welfare, and the loss of control over the sexuality of Cambodian daughters. The chapter ends with two stories of Cambodian girls: one who married a Salvadoran and another who ran away from home after her father beat her for secretly staying out late and going on dates.

Keywords: social interventions; parent-children relations; model of negotiative interactions; risk management; child welfare; sexuality

Chapter.  11209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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