This language barrier has made it difficult for many first-generation Southeast Asian Americans to become full-fledged citizens because they are unable to pass the English- language portion of the citizenship test.
In proportion, the genocide in Cambodia rivals that of the Jewish holocaust.
During the Khmer Rouge's reign from 1975 to 1979, about one-third of the Cambodian population died by starvation, torture or execution -- 2 million in total.
This has made them particularly vulnerable to changes in U. policies directed broadly at "aliens" or non-citizens.
Having survived near-starvation, violence, and torture, many Cambodians in this country still continue to struggle with day-to-day survival and consequently lack interest in civic participation.
Most of the written historical record about Native Americans was made by Europeans after their immigration to the Americas.
Many Native Americans lived as hunter-gatherer societies, although in many groups, women carried out sophisticated cultivation of a variety of staples: maize, beans and squash.Although refugees began arriving in the United States after the fall of Cambodia in 1975, the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979 marked the true beginning of the Cambodian mass exodus and arrival in America.The 1980 Census was the first to count Cambodians in the United States.  Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii.They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which survive as intact political communities.It should be noted that measuring the demographics of the Cambodian American community has historically been challenging; it is widely suspected that the community is repeatedly undercounted by the Census Bureau.