PRESS RELEASE                                                        
For Immediate Release
December 20, 2009


The Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center has published the online edition of volume 10 of the Hmong
Studies Journal. An internet-based journal, the Hmong Studies Journal is the only peer-reviewed academic
publication devoted to the scholarly discussion of Hmong history, Hmong culture, Hmong people, and other
facets of the Hmong experience in the U.S., Asia and around the world. The Hmong Studies Journal has now
published 12 online issues in 10 volumes with a total of 82 scholarly articles since 1996.

Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD editor of the Hmong Studies Journal stated: “Volume 10 of the journal includes articles
from multiple disciplines including Anthropology, Political Science, Library Science and Medicine while
providing significant additions to both Hmong American and Hmong in Asia research. It is especially
noteworthy that new work is presented in this issue related to ongoing debates in Hmong Studies pertaining
to cultural identity in China and as well as the Diaspora. I am particularly pleased that an English translation of
Dr. Zhiqiang Yang's important research at Guizhou University will be available to the Hmong Studies
Journal's international audience of readers as part of this volume. I also believe Louisa Schein and Va-Megn
Thoj's provocative analysis of Hmong portrayals in the popular film Gran Torino will especially interest

Articles in Volume 10 discuss a wide range of topics including the following:

•    Hmong American portrayals in the film "Gran Torino."
•    Hmong/Miao identity and history in China  
•    A bibliometric analysis of the current status of Hmong Studies research as a field of study
•    A comparative analysis of Hmong American political engagement in Fresno, CA and Saint Paul, MN
•    Topics in Hmong American health including barriers to diabetes prevention and Hmong women's
perceptions of mammography screening  
Lisa Dembouski is a PhD candidate in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction—
Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  
Nancy Herther is Librarian for Sociology, Anthropology, American
Studies and Asian American Studies, in the Social Sciences and
Professional Programs Department at the University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities Libraries.
Sangmi Lee is a graduate student in Sociocultural Anthropology at Arizona
State University.
Dr. Pao Lor is an Assistant Professor in the Professional Program in
Education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Dr. Miguel Perez is the chair of the Department of Public Health at
California State University, Fresno.  
Chia Thao is a graduate student in the Master's of Public Health
Program with an emphasis in Health Promotion at California State
University, Fresno.
Dr. Kou Yang is a Professor in the Department of Ethnic and
Gender Studies at California State University, Stanislaus.
Dr. Zhiqiang Yang is Director of the Research Institute for
Japanese Affairs and Professor of Anthropology at Guizhou
University in China.
Yang Lor is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the
University of California, Berkeley
Pang C. Vang is a registered nurse clinician and a certified health
education specialist with a Master's degree in Health Education. She is
currently working with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of
Nursing, Institute for Urban Health Partnerships and the House of Peace
Community Nursing Center in Milwaukee.
Va-Megn Thoj is a filmmaker and community activist in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Louisa Schein is an Associate Professor who teaches
Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies as well as Asian
American Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Volume 10 and previous volumes of the Hmong Studies Journal may be viewed online at:

All of the Hmong Studies Journal articles published since 1996 listed by scholar name may be viewed here:

All of the Hmong Studies Journal articles published since 1996 listed by topic may be viewed here:

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The Hmong Studies Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed journal available free of charge on the
internet to students, scholars and the community. The scholarly contents of the Hmong Studies Journal are
also distributed to hundreds of academic libraries around the world through content sharing agreements with
EBSCO,  ProQuest, H.W. Wilson and Gale/Cengage. The journal is included in EBSCO's
Academic Search
database, ProQuest's Ethnic News Watch database, H.W. Wilson's Social Science Full-Text
database and Gale/Cengage's Academic OneFile, Global Issues in Context, History Resource Center and
InfoTrac databases.

Hmong Cultural Center ( and the organization's Hmong Resource Center Library in Saint
Paul ( been partners of the Hmong Studies Journal in producing and
disseminating the journal’s print editions.

Most of the volumes of the Hmong Studies Journal are also available in print format from
Hmong ABC
Bookstore in Saint Paul, MN

Hmong Studies Journal
Volume 10 Editorial Board:
  • Anne Frank, University of California, Irvine
  • Ly Chong Thong Jalao, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Dr. Bruce Pamperin, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Dr. Mark Pfeifer, Texas A and M University, Corpus Christi, Editor  
  • Dr. Nicholas Tapp, Australian National University
  • Dr. Chia Youvee Vang, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Yang S. Xiong, University of California, Los Angeles

Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD
Editor, Hmong Studies Journal and Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center
Bell Library, Texas A and M University
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5702
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5702
361-825-3392 (Office)