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New Course for Spring 2008

Historical ethnography involves combining ethnographic methods and historical approaches to understanding how the past is linked to the present. In this course, students have the opportunity to conduct research in the Cambodian community in Long Beach, which is the largest Cambodian community in the United States. Students will examine archival materials from the Cambodian Community History and Archive Project housed at the Historical Society of Long Beach. The course examines several qualitative, in-depth methods used by anthropologists (i.e., participant observation, interviewing, case studies, personal narratives, and visual representaiton). Students will participate in the annual Cambodian New Year events in April and learn how Cambodians have transformed public culture in the city.

Highlights of the class: The class will be held at the Historical Society of Long Beach

Students receive hands-on research experienced through in-class and community projects.

Students learn about local history by participating in activities and events and by meeting people from the community.


Classes will be Thursdays from 4:00-6:45 at the Historical Society of Long Beahc, 4260 Atlantic Avenue, LB 90807

Undergraduate students enroll in ANTH 428. Graduate students enroll in ANTH 528.