Retrospective (re)presentation: turning the written ethnographic text into an 'ethno-graphic'

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It is December 2018 and I am preparing to make a telephone call to friend and Illustrator Ben Thomas as I travel down to Hampshire for Christmas. Ben and I met as undergraduates at the School of Oriental and African Studies. At this stage, I am preparing to submit my doctoral thesis: an ethnographic study which explored modes of identity and belonging among de facto stateless children of Vietnamese descent living in Cambodia. Despite the research being participatory and children being fully engaged in the design and interpretation of the research, I could not help shift a nagging feeling of frustration. Two questions pestered me: first, could the children ever access their own stories? Second, could I honour their request to make the research as widely known as possible?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-27
Number of pages21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020

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Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK


  • Graphic Anthropology
  • Multi-modal Ethnography
  • Childhood
  • Statelessness
  • Cambodia

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