Writing from These Roots Literacy in a Hmong-American Community

ISBN-10: 0824836154

ISBN-13: 9780824836153

Edition: 2011

Authors: John M. Duffy

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Writing from These Roots documents the historical development of literacy in a Midwestern American community of Laotian Hmong, a people who came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War and whose language had no widely accepted written form until one created by missionary-linguists was adopted in the late twentieth century by Hmong in Laos and, later, the U.S. and other Western nations. As such, the Hmong have often been described as "preliterates," "nonliterates," or members of an "oral culture." Although such terms are problematic, it is nevertheless true that the majority of Hmong did not read or write in any language when they arrived in the U.S. For this reason, the Hmong provide a unique opportunity to study the forces that influence the development of reading and writing abilities in cultures in which writing is not widespread and to do so within the context of the political, economic, religious, military, and migratory upheavals classified broadly as "globalization."
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

John M. Duffy is Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Philology and Literature, Emeritus, in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University.

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