Boua, Chanthou, Children of the killing fields: Cambodian adolescents in New South Wales, Centre for Multicultural Studies, University of Wollongong, Occasional Paper 19, 1990, 58.
The legacy of over two decades of destructive wars and of the Pol Pot regime (1975- 1979) has forced many Cambodians to flee their homeland. Since 1975 about 15,000 have resettled in Australia. A substantial influx did not start until 1980. According to the 1986 census, there were 5898 Cambodian-born people living in N.S.W., concentrated mainly in the western suburbs of Sydney. Among them were many adolescents who are the target o f this study. Adolescents represent a big proportion of the total Cambodian population. In N.S.W., over a quarter (25.72%) of the Cambodian population are in the 15 to 24 age group. This age group was chosen because:
-they are a group at risk;
-without proper settlement assistance their contribution to Australian society will be hindered.