Hmong and American: From Refugees to Citizens (Paperback)

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By Vincent K. Her (Editor), Mary Louise Buley-Meissner (Editor), Amy DeBroux (Contributions by), Jeremy Hein (Contributions by), Don Hones (Contributions by), Gary Yia Lee (Contributions by), Song Lee (Contributions by), Pao Lor (Contributions by), Bic Ngo (Contributions by), Keith Quincy (Contributions by), Chan Vang (Contributions by), Hue Vang (Contributions by), Ka Vang (Contributions by), Kou Vang (Contributions by), May Vang (Contributions by), Ma Lee Xiong (Contributions by), Shervun Xiong (Contributions by), Kao Kalia Yang (Contributions by), Kou Yang (Contributions by)
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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 Wisconsin–La Crosse. Mary Louise Buley-Meissner is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Since 2000 they have collaborated on many projects exploring the Hmong American experience.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780873518482
ISBN-10: 0873518489
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2012
Pages: 288
Language: English

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