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Annuska Derks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831288

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831288.001.0001

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Dutiful Daughters, Broken Women

Dutiful Daughters, Broken Women

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Khmer Women on the Move

Annuska Derks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter states that notions of being “modern” or “too modern” pertain most prominently to rural young women's consumption and sexuality in the city. As dutiful daughters, they are often expected not only to contribute to their family's income but also to maintain its honor, expressed by their virginity. Those not living up to these expectations are considered “broken” (kouc)—physically because of their loss of virginity, and socially because of their improper behavior. Ultimately, in examining negotiations between dutiful daughter and broken woman, it is important to recognize women's capacities and increasing skills to move between the roles of farmer's daughter and streetwise modern woman through speech, comportment, and sexuality.

Keywords:   rural young women, sexuality, dutiful daughters, broken woman, virginity, modern woman

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