9780873518482

Hmong and American: From Refugees to Citizens

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  • ISBN13:

    9780873518482

  • ISBN10:

    0873518489

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/15/2012
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Pr
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Summary

Farmers in Laos, U.S. allies during the Vietnam War, refugees in Thailand, citizens of the Western world-the stories of the Hmong who now live in America have been told in detail through books and articles and oral histories over the past several decades. Like any immigrant group, members of the first generation may yearn for the past as they watch their children and grandchildren find their way in the dominant culture of their new home. For Hmong people born and educated in the United States, a definition of self often includes traditional practices and tight-knit family groups but also a distinctly Americanized point of view. How do Hmong Americans negotiate the expectations of these two very different cultures? In an engaging series of essays featuring a range of writing styles, leading scholars, educators, artists, and community activists explore themes of history, culture, gender, class, family, and sexual orientation, weaving their own stories into depictions of a Hmong American community where people continue to develop complex identities that are collectively shared but deeply personal as they help to redefine the multicultural America of today. Contributors: Mary Louise Buley-Meissner, Amy DeBroux, Jeremy Hein, Vincent K. Her, Don Hones, Gary Yia Lee, Song Lee, Pao Lor, Bic Ngo, Keith Quincy, Chan Vang, Hue Vang, Ka Vang, Kou Vang, May Vang, Ma Lee Xiong, Shervun Xiong, Kao Kalia Yang, Kou Yang. Vincent K. Her is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of WisconsinLa Crosse. Mary Louise Buley-Meissner is an associate professor of English at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. Since 2000 they have collaborated on many projects exploring the Hmong American experience.

Author Biography

Vincent K. Her is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Mary Louise Buley-Meissner is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As coauthor, teachers, and researchers, they have collaborated on many projects exploring the Hmong American experience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Hmong American Studies: Bringing New Voices into Multicultural Studiesp. 3
Identity and History
Searching for Sources of Hmong Identity in Multicultural Americap. 31
Homeland Narratives and Hmong Americans in Wisconsinp. 47
From War to Resettlement: How Hmong Have Become Americansp. 59
The Spirit of Enterprise and the Emergence of Hmong and Hmong American Identities: Reflections of a Hmong Anthropologistp. 81
Family Challenges and Community Transitions
The Good Hmong Girl Eats Raw Laabp. 101
"There are no GLBT Hmong people": Hmong American Young Adults Navigating Culture and Sexualityp. 113
The Challenges and Contributions of Hmong American Elders: A Personal and Professional Perspectivep. 133
Hmong American Professional Identities: An Overview of Generational Changes since the 1970sp. 147
Forging New Paths, Confronting New Challenges: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 161
Cultural Integration through Education and the Arts
Pieces of the Puzzle: A Hmong American TeacherĘs Multifaceted Identityp. 177
Transforming the World and Oneself: The Arts and Hmong American Identityp. 191
Making the Invisible Visible: Confronting the Complexities of Identity Family and Culture through Artp. 209
To See a Bigger World: The Home and Heart of a Hmong American Writerp. 225
Stitching the Fabric of Hmong Lives: The Value of Studying Paj Ntaub and Story Cloth in Multicultural Educationp. 233
Contributorsp. 261
Indexp. 267
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