9780252077593

Hmong America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252077593

  • ISBN10:

    0252077598

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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Summary

The first scholarly work to come from inside the Hmong community,Hmong Americadocuments Chia Youyee Vang's own migration from Laos to Minnesota at age nine and the transformations she has witnessed in Hmong communities throughout the migration and settlement processes. Vang depicts Hmong experiences in Asia and examines aspects of community building in America to reveal how new Hmong identities have been formed and how they have challenged popular assumptions about race and ethnicity in multicultural America. With an approach that intermingles the archival research of a historian, the personal experiences of a refugee, and the participant-observer perspectives of a community insider, Vang constructs a nuanced and complex portrait of the more than 130,000 Hmong people who came to the United States as political refugees beginning in the mid-1970s. She offers critiques of previous representations of the Hmong community and provides the sociological underpinnings for a bold reassessment of Hmong history in the greater context of globalization. This new understanding redefines concepts of Hmong homogeneity and characterizes ordinary Hmong migrants not as passive victims but as dynamic actors who have exercised much power over their political and social destinies. While Vang focuses on the Hmong community in the Twin Cities, she also has conducted research in numerous Hmong enclaves in the United States and abroad. Chia Youye Vang is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the author ofHmong in Minnesota

Author Biography

Chia Youyee Vang is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the author of Hmong in Minnesota.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Chronology of Relevant Eventsp. xx
Introductionp. 1
Hmong History and Migration Prior to Americap. 17
A New Home in Americap. 44
Re-Creation of Social Structuresp. 68
Continuity and Reinvention of Traditionsp. 97
Political Activismp. 122
Conclusionp. 150
Notesp. 163
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 193
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