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Aihwa Ong

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229983

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229983.001.0001

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Guns, Gangs, and Doughnut Kings

Guns, Gangs, and Doughnut Kings

(p.229) Chapter 9 Guns, Gangs, and Doughnut Kings
Buddha Is Hiding

Aihwa Ong

University of California Press

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

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