The Self in Context: Reflections of a Social Work Educator's Search for a Sense of Coherence

  • Brian Trung Lam California State University, Long Beach


This narrative recounts the author's search for a sense of self beginning as a refugee in one of the massive outflows of Vietnamese who fled their country in 1983 in pursuit of freedom. He subsequently drew upon personal experiences that showed him how a contextual sense of self developed. By sharing these experiences, the author hopes to offer insight into the resilience of the self in adjusting to drastic environmental changes.

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