This collection consists of printed materials, audio and
videocassettes, and photographs taken by Brigitte Marshall, who worked as a volunteer in
refugee camps in Thailand and as an English-language teacher in California. All materials
relate to Southeast Asian refugees, principally Hmong, living in camps in Thailand, and adjusting to life in the
United States. Photographs, articles, and reports document Hmong, refugees in camps in Thailand, as well as their
resettlement in California, particularly the Fresno area. Printed materials include Hmong
and Lao language lessons, memos, correspondence, reports, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles,
refugee orientation materials, publications, and unpublished papers.
Brigitte Marshall currently works as a consultant in the Adult Education Unit of the
California Department of Education. She is the author of the book, Preparing for Success: A Guide for Teaching Adult English Language Learners
(2002), a resource text designed for teachers of adult English language students. Marshall
received a joint BA and MA degree in Social Sciences from the University of Oxford, England.
Marshall worked as a volunteer in the Phanat Nikhom Refugee Processing Center in Thailand
from 1989-1990. Her concern for refugees began after encountering Afghan Refugees in
Pakistan in 1987. Marshall worked as a Program Specialist for the Fresno County Office of
Education after returning from Thailand, and as a refugee youth coordinator at Fresno City
College. She then joined the Refugee Programs Bureau as a Community Specialist in 1996.
Marshall has been active in many refugee assistance organizations and was the Chair of the
California Refugee English Language Training Task Force.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Southeast Asian Archive Librarian.