Chapter

Guns, Gangs, and Doughnut Kings

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229983.003.0010
Guns, Gangs, and Doughnut Kings

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This chapter discusses the risky activities of Cambodians who formed their own sense of belonging. It looks at those who started businesses at the bottom, specifically family-run and gang-operated businesses. It describes street gangs as a form of self-enterprise, which were similar to Cambodian-operated doughnut shops in the sense that they acted as vehicles for the mobilization of resources. These also helped shape the sense of the enterprising self who could function effectively in America. The chapter then studies the reliance of Cambodians on helping professions to get their wants met and their needs translated. The chapter ends with a section on transnational Cambodians, who arrived in the United States before the refugee wave.

Keywords: businesses; street gangs; doughnut shops; resources; mobilization; enterprising self; helping professions; transnational Cambodians

Chapter.  9437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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