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refugee orientation materials, publications, and unpublished papers.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.