Hermeneutic analysis of virtuous exemplar narratives of Cambodian-American Buddhists and Christians
Rosemead School of Psychology
Virtuous exemplars embody the virtues of a cultural community, a dynamic, contextual understanding that is best explored by critical hermeneutic analysis. In order to describe their lives and refine the mental-health treatment of Cambodian immigrants, 12 virtuous exemplars from a Cambodian-American Buddhist and 12 from a Cambodian-American Christian population were interviewed. Grounded theory and a mixed-methods analysis were used. Rigor-enhancing strategies include triangulation, collaboration, member checking, and researcher reflexivity, as well as interviewing a comparison group of 12 Euro-American Christians. Cambodian-American Buddhists and Christians take their religion seriously, and it influences their daily lives. These Buddhists focus on perseverence in the present life and gaining merit for the next. The Christians focus on serving God and nurturing relationships in this life. They report that they are more different from the Cambodian-American Buddhists than Latent Semantic Analysis indicates, providing evidence of both religious and cultural distinctives among the subgroups.
Virtue; Hermeneutic; Buddhism; Cambodia; Culture
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
DOI of Published Version
Hill, Peter C., "Hermeneutic analysis of virtuous exemplar narratives of Cambodian-American Buddhists and Christians" (2009). Faculty Articles & Research. 616.