HMONG STUDIES NEWSLETTER
JULY-AUGUST 2005
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTER OF THE HMONG
CULTURAL CENTER

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION: The Hmong Studies Resource Newsletter has for 5 years 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.hmongcenter.org/hccnewsletter.html
ABOUT THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTER:

The work of the Hmong Resource Center is to provide information to Hmong and non-Hmong for the
purpose of promoting positive race relations, human rights, multicultural education, information about
cross-cultural health and medicine, teacher education, family literacy education and community-based
research. The Hmong Resource Center is fairly unique in that it is a Hmong community organization-
controlled collection with both a community and a scholarly focus. The collection is located in the Hmong
community, above a Hmong grocery, and in a building with a large number of Hmong businesses and
organizations, making it highly accessible to both members of the community as well as students and
scholars from the wider community who through visiting have the opportunity to experience the Hmong
community within a primarily Hmong environment that is physically part of the community adding an
important multicultural learning and participatory dimension that is not available on any college campus.

The Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center is open to the public Monday through Friday
from 9 AM – 6 PM. 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. E-Mail:
resources@hmongcenter.org. Online Resource Center Catalog: www.hmongcenter.org/ or www.
hmongcenter.com/ 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:

Books/Theses/Reports

Kongming Mouanoutoua. (2004). The Usefulness of the Self-Directed Search in Determining
Career Development for Hmong College Students. PsyD Dissertation, Alliant International
University, Fresno.
This study explored the role of self-directed searches in career development
among one hundred and seven (107) Hmong undergraduate students enrolled in community colleges
and universities in the San Joaquin Valley. The researcher's findings suggests that students who have
selected a major and are certain about their college major were more likely to have earned higher levels
of income, and used the school career centers than Hmong students who reported that they had not
chosen a specific major. Country of origin and number of years living in the United States were other
variables that appear to influence career related decisions made by Hmong college students.

John C. Yang. (2004). An Investigation of Current and Former (Re-Classified) ELL Hmong
Students: Factors Contributing to their Successful Acquisition of English. PhD Dissertation,
Marquette University.
The purpose of this PhD research study conducted in Wisconsin was to
ascertain the factors that have an influence on Hmong students' acquisition of English. In order to do that,
two groups of Hmong students were identified. One group consisted of Hmong students who were still
enrolled in the ELL program while the other group consisted of Hmong students who had been exited
from it. After contacting all the potential students, the researcher ended up with eight students and their
parents who were willing to participate in the study. Based on the results obtained for this study, four
major conclusions were drawn by the researcher. One, the education level of Hmong students' parents
has an influence on their ability to acquire English. Two, exited Hmong students exhibit a lot of cultural
pride. Three, the only academic factor shown to have an influence on Hmong students' ability to acquire
English was involvement in extra-curricular school activities. And four, multiple academic, sociocultural,
and background factors combine together to influence the ability of Hmong students to acquire English.

Joanne S. Landt. (2004). Defining Moments: How Three Generations of Hmong People have
Incorporated Education into their Perception of Success. PhD Dissertation, University of
Wisconsin-Madison.
This PhD study focuses on how Hmong people within a Northeast Wisconsin
community define success and the role education plays within this definition. Three generations of
people within four different families were interviewed to discover how age, experiences, educational
level, and gender affect perceptions of success. From an analysis of the interviews conducted, the
researcher concludes that education plays a tremendous role in defining success among the Hmong
families interviewed for the study. Other variables important to many of the interviewees include
attaining/maintaining respect, supporting or raising a family, achieving independence, and holding a
job/career. Lack of education, the language barrier, disrespect, and lack of governmental intervention
were named the primary obstacles to success by interviewees. Education was both criticized for its
shortcomings and given credit for providing children with greater opportunities for success. Hmong
parents described several obstacles in helping their children achieve success. From an educational
standpoint, the language barrier played a significant role in limiting parents' ability to communicate with
schools, provide direct support to children for homework, participate in school activities, and remain
abreast of their children's educational issues. Schools were also identified as obstacles due to the
presence of prejudice from peers and teachers, lack of Hmong representation in the curriculum and
school events, and for not promoting children's respect of adults.

Academic Journal Articles/Other

Richard C. Yang, Paul K. Mills and Deborah G. Riordan. (2005). "Gastric Adenocarcinoma
among Hmong in California, USA, 1988-2000." Gastric Cancer 8(2)(June 2005): 117-123.
This
study examines gastric adenocarcinoma incidence, mortality, and tumor characteristics in the Hmong
population of California. The authors observed that Hmong experienced incidence and mortality rates of
gastric adenocarcinoma several times higher than those of other Asian ethnic groups and non-Hispanic
Whites. More than 97% of Hmong patients chose no treatment compared to only 25.6% of other Asian
patients and 30.3% of non-Hispanic Whites.
HMONG RESOURCE CENTER PARTNERS WITH WWW HMONG HOMEPAGE:

The Hmong Resource Center has partnered 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. To view the relaunched WWW Hmong Homepage visit:
www.hmongnet.org
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL HAS A NEWLY ENHANCED WEBPAGE:


The Hmong Studies Journal, the only peer-reviewed academic journal in Hmong Studies has a new
webpage which includes enhanced content. The new features include pages listing the more than 30
articles featured in the journal since 1996 by both topic and scholar name:


Hmong Studies Journal Articles by Topic

Hmong Studies Journal Articles by Scholar Name


The Hmong Studies Journal will publish Volume 6 in late Summer or Early Fall.
Click here to visit the Hmong Studies Journal Website

The Hmong Studies Journal is currently accepting submissions for Volume 7, the deadline for
submissions is January 15, 2006.
Please visit this link for submission guidelines and additional
information.

HMONG STUDIES PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER:

In the past year the Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center has published four unique
scholarly publications – An Annotated Bibliography of Hmong-Related Works 1996-2004, Hmong
2000 Census Publication in collaboration with Hmong National Development and several scholars of
Hmong-American Studies and two issues of the Hmong Studies Journal.

Click this link for further information about these publications as well as ordering info

NEW HMONG STUDIES MESSAGE BOARD:

A new 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/


THE STATE OF HMONG-AMERICAN STUDIES PRESENTATION AVAILABLE
ONLINE:


Notes from The State of Hmong-American Studies, a workshop presentation given by Mark E. Pfeifer
of the Hmong Resource Center at the 10th Hmong National Conference in Fresno, CA April 9, 2005
have been posted online in PDF Format at:
http://hmongstudies.com/HNDPresentation2005.pdf


UPDATED CONTENT ADDED TO NEW LEARN ABOUT HMONG WEBSITE:


Hmong Cultural Center’s Hmong Resource Center has launched a new multicultural education website:
www.learnabouthmong.com. The new Learn about Hmong website uses online video clips and other
multimedia technologies to teach about the Hmong people, and promote a better understanding of the
Hmong people and their experience in Minnesota and the United States.


In the past few months,  additional substantive content has been added to the LearnaboutHmong
website, the new features include the following multimedia presentations:

General interest printed and online resources pertaining to the Hmong

A presentation with pictures and descriptive information about more than 50 traditional Hmong cultural
artifacts

A photo essay of Hmong community life in Minnesota

New video clips of Hmong Qeej instrument songs, Paj Ntaub Embroidery, and funeral and marriage
songs have been filmed and will be posted in the near future as well.

LearnaboutHmong.com has been made possible by a grant from the 3M/COMPAS Award for
Innovation in the Arts Program and the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation.


BUILDING BRIDGES: LEARNING ABOUT THE HMONG WORKSHOPS
SCHEDULED FOR JULY/AUGUST 2005

Information and a registration form for these comprehensive three hour diversity training workshops to
be provided by Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul July 29 and August 26 is available at:

http://hmongstudies.com/BBWorkshopsJulyAugust05Flyer.pdf

More than 55 service professionals and community members attended public Building Bridges
workshops at the Hmong Cultural Center in both May and June 2005. Building Bridges workshops may
also be booked for workplaces. More information about the program is available at:

http://www.hmongcenter.org/bookmuledpre.html

The Building Bridges outreach program is supported by grants from the Saint Paul Foundation, the
Otto Bremer Foundation and the Minnesota Humanities Commission with support from the National
Endowment for the Humanities


CALL  FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS//Building on Hmong Women’s Assets:
Past, Present, and Future Conference” September 16-17, 2005, St.
Paul/Minneapolis, MN

A conference sponsored by the Hmong Women’s Conference Committee to examine the lives of
Hmong women.  Co-Sponsors include: Hmong Cultural Center/Resource Center: Women’s
Consortium of MN; Center for Hmong Studies/Concordia University,  Departments/Programs at the
University of MN: Asian American Studies Program, Office for University Women, Institute for
Advanced Study, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and Department of
American Studies.
For more information about this unique conference click here.



2005 PROGRAM PICTURES ADDED TO HMONG CULTURAL CENTER WEBSITE

Hmong Cultural Center is an established community-based organization specializing in Multicultural
Education, Cultural Education, and Adult Basic Education. Pictures taken this spring in the center's
Qeej instrument class, Dance Class, Funeral Songs Ceremony Class, Citizenship Classes and Adult
ESL classes have recently been added to the center's website at:
http://www.hmongcenter.
org/2005photos.html