Hmong America Reconstructing Community in Diaspora

ISBN-10: 0252077598
ISBN-13: 9780252077593
Edition: 2010
Authors: Chia Youyee Vang
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 12/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology of Relevant Events
Introduction
Hmong History and Migration Prior to America
A New Home in America
Re-Creation of Social Structures
Continuity and Reinvention of Traditions
Political Activism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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