HMONG STUDIES NEWSLETTER
FALL 2007 (October-December 2007)
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE HMONG STUDIES INTERNET RESOURCE
ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION: The Hmong Studies Resource Newsletter has since 2001 provided a very unique
and consistent source of up-to-date information about new works in Hmong Studies and
Hmong-related research resources. To access back issues of this online publication dating back to
2001 visit: http://www.hmongstudies.org/HmongStudiesNewslettersindex.html
Hmong Studies Newsletter Editor: Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD, Texas A and M University
ABOUT THE HMONG STUDIES INTERNET RESOURCE CENTER:
The Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center (www.hmongstudies.org) is the online home of the Hmong
Studies Journal academic journal. The unique scholarly site also contains extensive bibliographies in Hmong
Studies as well as census data and an online research paper library.
Many of the Hmong Studies articles, books and dissertations listed in this newsletter and on the website may be
found at the Hmong Resource Center Library at the Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul, perhaps the largest
depository of Hmong Studies academic articles and dissertations in the United States. The Hmong Resource
Center Library of the Hmong Cultural Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 – 5. Other
times are available by appointment. The Hmong Resource Center is located in the Hmong Cultural Center’s
offices at 995 University Avenue, Suite 214 in Saint Paul. Phone: 651-917-9937. Librarians: Ray Murray and
Xai Lor. E-Mail:email@example.com
Link to Hmong Resource Center Library Online Catalog:
Walk-ins are welcome and there are many displays to look at that teach about the Hmong people, their history,
their culture and their experience in the U.S. over the past 25 years. Larger group tours and educational
sessions may be arranged in advance.
NEW WORKS IN HMONG STUDIES:
Lee Lo. (2007). Hmong Cultural Survival in Northern Thailand: Flower as Cash Cropping for Survival.
PhD Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies. This doctoral dissertation examines issues of
cultural survival and social, economic and political challenges confronted by Thai-Hmong in Thailand. The
author explores both differences and shared concerns experienced by more established Thai Hmong and more
recent Hmong refugees residing in Thailand.
Academic Journal Articles/Other
Loan Pham Kim, Gail G. Harrison and Marjorie Kagawa-Singer. (2007). “Perceptions of Diet and
Physical Activity Among California Hmong Adults and Youths.” Preventing Chronic Disease: Public
Health Research, Practice and Policy 4(4): 1-12. This article describes a qualitative study related to a
campaign intended to promote increased physical activity and vegetable consumption among low-income
Hmong families: The article may be viewed at the following link:
Gary Yia Lee. (2007). “The Hmong Rebellion in Laos: Victims or Terrorists.” In Andrew T.H. Tan,
Editor, A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar,
pp. 352-373. This article examines the history and status of the Hmong armed resistance in Laos.
Jennifer L. Kornosky, Jennifer D. Peck, Anne M. Sweeney, Pamela L. Adelson and Susan L. Schantz.
(2007). “Reproductive Characteristics of Southeast Asian Immigrants Before and After Migration.”
Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. Published Online October 2007. This study describes
reproductive health and practices of a sample of Hmong immigrants residing in Green Bay, WI before and after
migration to the United States. The Hmong women in the sample had an average of 5.2 children. Breastfeeding
decreased from 94% and 88% for children born in Laos and Thailand to only 11% for Hmong born in the U.S.
Contraceptive use was reported by 25.5% of women; few reported smoking and alcohol consumption.
Pranee Liamputtong and Denise Spitzer. (2007). “Double Identities: The Lived Experience of
Motherhood Among Hmong Immigrant Women in Australia.” In Pranee Liamputtong, Editor,
Reproduction, Childbearing, and Motherhood: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp. 221-237. New York:
Nova Science Publishing. The authors of this book chapter interviewed Hmong women residing in
Melbourne, Australia. The article focuses on how the Hmong women construct themselves as mothers and as
migrant women and how they choose to practice motherhood in the setting of urban Australia.
Christopher Okunseri, Marcie Yang, Cesar Gonzalez, Warren LeMay and Anthony M. Iacopino.
(2007). “Hmong Adults Self-Rated Oral Health: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority
Health. Published Online October 2007. This study examines the self-rated oral health, self-rated general
health and use of dental as well as physician services among a sample of Hmong residing in Wisconsin.
Mary Ann S. Van Duyn, et al. (2007). “Adapting Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Physical
Activity Among African Americans, Hispanics, Hmong and Native Hawaiians: A Social Marketing
Approach.” Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy 4(4): 1-11. This
article addresses a study which looked at ways to adapt “proven, evidence-based strategies” to increase
physical activity for use with racial and ethnic groups. The research included a focus group of Hmong-
Americans residing in California. The article may be viewed at the following link:
Houa Vue and Marla Reicks. (2007). “Individual and Environmental Influences on Intake of Calcium-
rich Food and Beverages by Young Hmong Adolescent Girls” Journal of Nutrition Education and
Behavior 39(5): 264-272. This study examines individual and environmental factors affecting intake of calcium-
rich food and beverages among a sample of Hmong girls residing in Minnesota.
NEW HMONG 101 EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS POSTED ON THE HMONG CULTURAL CENTER
Through its Building Bridges Multicultural Education program, Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul has posted
a new educational powerpoint presentation for Health Care Workers at its website at the following link: http:
The center has also posted a newly revised General Hmong 101 presentation (with updated census data) at its
website at the following link: http://hmongcc.org/BuildingBridgesGeneralPresentation2007Version.pdf
To book a Hmong 101 presentation for a fee contact Hmong Cultural Center at 651-917-9937. More
information about the Building Bridges program is at the following webpage:
NEW COMPREHENSIVE HMONG STUDIES ANNOTATED RESEARCH
BIBLIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED BY SCARECROW PRESS/ROWMAN LITTLEFIELD:
In the Fall of 2007, a comprehensive bibliography consisting of more than 600 annotations of Hmong Studies-
related scholarly research works published between 1996-2006 was released by The Scarecrow Press, a
subsidiary of Rowman Littlefield specializing in academic bibliographies and reference works. This new volume
represents the first Hmong Studies annotated research bibliography published since the mid-1990s. To learn
more about this work visit the following webpage: http://www.scarecrowpress.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?
The Asian American Press newspaper also recently featured a short article about this new work:
NEW LOOK FOR HMONG STUDIES INTERNET RESOURCE CENTER AND HMONG
CULTURAL CENTER WEBSITES:
The Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center website was redesigned in November 2007 to a new format
intended to be more user-friendly. To view the new interface for the site one may visit the following link: www.
The Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul launched a new website in September 2007. To visit the center’s new
site, click on the following link: www.hmongcc.org
NEW VIDEOS POSTED AT LEARNABOUTHMONG.COM WEBSITE:
3 new videos have been posted at Hmong Cultural Center’s LearnaboutHmong.com multimedia arts website.
These videos include:
Highlights from the LearnaboutHmong.com website celebration event held April 10, 2007 at Hmong Cultural
Center in Saint Paul, MN.
Crafting Tradition: Building the Traditional Hmong Qeej Instrument (2007) Donated by Stone Soup Fresno
Threads of Life: Hmong Paj Ntaub Embroidery (Video clip donated by Stone Soup Fresno) (2007)
A Paj Ntaub Embroidery Image Gallery was also recently posted on the site
The complete list of videos available at the LearnaboutHmong.com website may be found at the following page:
The LearnaboutHmong website has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
COMPAS/McKnight Community Art Program and the Saint Paul Foundation’s Asian Pacific Endowment.
NEW HMONG DATA RELEASED FROM THE 2006 AMERICAN COMMUNITY
The U.S. Census Bureau has released Hmong-American data from the 2006 American Community Survey. To
view the numbers click on this link:
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL RESEARCH PANEL HELD
OCTOBER 15, 2007 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, MINNEAPOLIS
A special panel presentation sponsored by the Asian American Studies program of the University of Minnesota
along with the Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul and the Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center was held
in mid-October on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. The presentation featured 3 scholars
presenting papers that were published as part of Hmong Studies Journal, Volume 7.
To read more about this special session, click on the link below to read a recent article from the Asian
American Press newspaper: http://hmongstudies.org/AAPressHmongStudiesJournalNov07.pdf
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER’S RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY UPDATES
ONLINE CATALOG HOLDINGS LISTS:
Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul has updated the lists of holdings in its Resource Center library on its
website at www.hmongcenter.org. The library section of the center’s website may be reached at:
Hmong Cultural Center’s library collection includes the following:
- About 475 Hmong-related books and periodicals. A complete and updated list is here: http://hmongstudies.
- About 200 Hmong-related dissertations and theses. A complete and updated list is here:
- About 650 Hmong-related academic journal articles from peer-reviewed journals. A complete and updated list
of the journal articles in the collection is here:
More comprehensive in its focus than any university or public library in the Twin Cities area, the Hmong Cultural
Center Resource Library is the largest collection of Hmong-related academic research publications in
Minnesota and most likely the United States. The most distinctive and specialized portions of the library are the
dissertations/theses and peer-reviewed journal article collections.
For information about using this unique, special collections library call Xai Lor or Ray Murray at 651-917-9937.
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER FUNDRAISING BANQUET HELD OCTOBER 28, 2007
IN SAINT PAUL.
The Hmong Cultural Center banquet held October 28 in Saint Paul was a success with all proceeds going to
support the Hmong Cultural Center Resource Center library. Visit this page to learn more about this important
event, the page includes a link to an article about the event from the Asian American Press newspaper.
COMPREHENSIVE HMONG STUDIES RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHIES ARE
Doing research on a Hmong Studies research topic? More than 30 Comprehensive and frequently updated
online subject bibliographies of Hmong Studies works are available at the following link:
WWW HMONG HOMEPAGE UPDATE INCLUDES NEW HMONG POETRY
The Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center is partnering with Craig Rice to provide up-to-date content
related to community educational events, Hmong resources and Hmong Studies for the WWW Hmong
Homepage. Craig Rice co-founded the WWW Hmong Homepage in early 1994. The website was one of the first
to provide substantive educational resources related to Hmong-Americans and Hmong around the world. The
WWW Hmong Homepage is still one of the most heavily visited and linked educational websites related to the
Hmong. The latest update includes a link to a new Hmong Poetry website. To view the WWW Hmong Homepage
and learn about upcoming educational events visit: www.hmongnet.org
HMONG STUDIES MESSAGE BOARD:
A moderated message board intended as a forum for information about existing and new
research resources in Hmong Studies is available at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hmongstudies/