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Immigration History Research Center Presents

Supporting Refugees through Family Separation: Ambiguous Loss for Cambodian American Minnesotans

4/25/18, 12:00 PM

About this event

Please join Marina Alexio, Vichet Chhuon, and Catherine Solheim, of the College of Education and Human Development, for a Global REM talk entitled "Supporting Refugees through Family Separation: Ambiguous Loss for Cambodian American Minnesotans."

This project explores the well-being and struggles of Cambodian refugee families whose family members were deported to Cambodia. Our team investigated the trauma experienced by family members including deportees and those residing in Minnesota. Through the frameworks of citizenship, membership and ambiguous loss, we look at the potential long-term impact of family separation. Our presentation discusses our findings from interviews with directly impacted individuals in the US and in Cambodia and examines the implications of federal immigration laws and international policies have on local families and communities.


Marina Alexio is the Program Director in the Office of International Initiatives and Relations in CEHD. Dr. Aleixo’s research explores the experiences of immigrant students and families as they learn to navigate the US educational system. Vichet Chhuon is Associate Professor of Culture and Teaching in CEHD and interim department chair for Chicano and Latino Studies in CLA. His research has focused on the wellbeing and schooling experiences for Cambodian American youth. Catherine Solheim is Professor in the Department of Family Social Science. Her research focuses on the well-being of diverse families in relation to transnational migration, cultural values, and immigrant adjustment.
Event Location
  • Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 308
  • 222 21st Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA