HMONG STUDIES NEWSLETTER
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.hmongstudies.org/HmongStudiesNewslettersindex.html
Comprehensive and frequently updated online subject bibliographies of Hmong Studies works are available at:
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's Hmong Studies scholarly collections include several hundred books, more than 700
academic journal articles, 250 theses and dissertations, 300 videos and more than 3000 newspaper articles.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.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:
Jeremy Hein (2006). Ethnic Origins: The Adaptation of Cambodian and Hmong Refugees in Four
American Cities. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. This important new book-length work from a
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sociology Professor examines through case studies how the role of religion,
family, and other cultural factors have differentially impacted Cambodian and Hmong social and economic
integration and responses to racial discrimination in four different American cities – Rochester, MN, Eau Claire,
WI, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
Nicholas Tapp (2006). “The consuming or the consumed? Virtual Hmong in China.” In Kevin Latham,
Stuart Thompson, Jakob Klein (Eds). Consuming China: Approaches to cultural change in
contemporary China. Abingdon, Oxon, NY: Routledge. This article discusses the images and
representations of Hmong in China and in the author’s words: “the extent to which the reception of these
images constitutes a form of ‘consumption’ by particular audiences.” The author concludes: “The American
Hmong may now be constructing this sort of virtual reality for themselves through the Internet and videos and
other images of an imagined life in China, and perhaps what is most interesting is how this kind of cultural
consumption may feed into and impact the aspirations of Hmong in China for a more prosperous and abundant
future and the material goods they need.” The Hmong Resource Center thanks Dr. Nicholas Tapp for providing
us with a copy of this article.
Teng Vang. (2005). Hmong Knowledge of Nasopharyngeal carcinoma. MPH Thesis, California State
University, Fresno. This thesis study measured the knowledge of nasopharyngeal cancer among Hmong in
Fresno County, California. A questionnaire that evaluated knowledge of nasopharyngeal cancer was
developed and given to 145 Hmong participants. The participants' knowledge varied with age and educational
level but not gender. Middle-aged generations had the most knowledge of nasopharyngeal cancer of any age
group. In contrast, low knowledge of the cancer was revealed in the older generations.
Academic Journal Articles/Other
Heather Devlin, Martha Roberts, Amy Okaya, and Yer Moua Xiong (2006). “Our Lives Were Healthier
Before: Focus Groups with African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, and Hmong People
with Diabetes.” Health Promotion Practice 7(1): 47-55. The authors of this study conducted focus groups
to explore health-related beliefs and experiences of African American, Latino, American Indian and Hmong with
diabetes. Participants recommended improvements in the areas of health care, diabetes education, social
support, and community action. The recommendations emphasize the importance of respectful, knowledgeable
health care providers, cultural responsive diabetes education for people with diabetes and their families and
broad-based community action.
Aranya Siriphon. (2006). “Local Knowledge, Dynamism and the Politics of Struggle: A Case Study of
the Hmong in Northern Thailand.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 37(1): 65-81. The author of this
paper uses 3 case studies from a Hmong community in Northern Thailand to “better understand the process of
social negotiation with multiple actors within complex power relations.” From the abstract: “their (Hmong)
dynamic local knowledge is used as a strategy to struggle against, and reconcile with, more powerful forces;
the result of this process is the ‘complexity’ which happens as a response to power.”
Christopher T. Vang (2005). “Hmong-American Students Still Face Multiple Challenges in Public
Schools.” Multicultural Education 13(1): 27-42. This article provides an overview of research related to
Hmong-American experiences in the U.S. public school system.
Jennifer A. Wang (2005). “The Changing Health Care Behaviour of the Hmong Refugee Population in
Sydney.” Geographical Research 43(4): 417-428. This study investigates health care system usage among
Hmong in Sydney, Australia. The researcher found that her Sydney research subjects generally used Western
medicine as a system of first choice. At the same time, most continued to use traditional medicines but in a
IMPORTANT NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE - ONLINE ANNOTATED
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HMONG STUDIES WORKS 1996-2006
A unique new Hmong Studies resource is now available by visiting the above link. The comprehensive and one-
of-a-kind Online Annotated Bibliography of Hmong Studies Works contains full reference information and
descriptive summaries of more than 600 Hmong-Studies works published since 1996. Works are organized into
topical subcategories including Dictionaries, Bibliographies and Reference Works; Hmong History and
Contemporary Affairs in China, Hmong History and Contemporary Affairs in Southeast Asia; Hmong Culture;
The War in Laos and Refugee Resettlement Issues; Hmong Families, Parenting and Gender Roles; Settlement
Patterns and Socioeconomic Incorporation; Hmong Cultural Maintenance and Adaptation; Race Relations, The
Law, and Political Incorporation; Literacy and Educational Adaptation; Physical and Mental Health; Personal
Narratives of Hmong Americans; Juvenile Literature and Curriculum Materials for Teachers; Fiction; Videos and
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL VOLUME 6 AVAILABLE FOR ORDER IN A SPECIAL
The Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center has published the physical hard copy
edition of volume 6 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 published 8 online issues in 6
volumes with a total of 43 scholarly articles since 1996.
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL VOLUME 6 CONTENT AND ARTICLES
Recent Works in Hmong Studies: Annotated Bibliography by Mark E. Pfeifer, Hmong Resource
Center Library, Hmong Cultural Center, Saint Paul.
Who is Hmong? Questions and Evidence from the U.S. Census by Wayne Carroll and Victoria
Udalova, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Hmong and Lao Refugee Women: Reflections of a Hmong-American Woman Anthropologist by Dia
Cha, Saint Cloud State University.
Hmong Resettlement in French Guiana by Patrick F. Clarkin, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
The Myth of Sonom, the Hmong King; by Robert Entenmann, Saint Olaf College
Hmong Cosmology: Proposed Model, Preliminary Insights by Vincent K. Her, University of Wisconsin-
The Shaping of Traditions: Agriculture and Hmong Society by Gary Yia Lee
What is the actual number of the (H)mong in the World by Jacques Lemoine
Hmong Refugees Death Fugue by Sheng-mei Ma, Michigan State University
Continuing the promise: Recruiting and preparing Hmong-American educators for Central
Wisconsin by Leslie McClain-Ruelle, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Kao Xiong,
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Southeast Asian Fathers Experiences with Adolescents: Challenges and Change by Zha Blong Xiong
and Daniel F. Detzner, University of Minnesota.
Research Notes from the Field: Tracing the Path of the Ancestors A Visit to the Hmong in China by
Kou Yang, California State University, Stanislaus.
Also available for order are four additional 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
previous issues of the Hmong Studies Journal.
Click this link for further information about these publications as well as ordering info
Click this link to view the electronic edition of the Hmong Studies Journal Volume 6
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL VOLUME 7 -
DEADLINE MAY 31, 2006
The Hmong Studies Journal invites article submissions for its 2006 issue (Volume 7).
The Hmong Studies Journal is a unique and established peer-reviewed Internet-based
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 published 8 online issues since
Hmong Studies-related scholarly articles from all disciplinary backgrounds and
perspectives are welcome. Works considered for submission must consist of original
research and not have been previously published elsewhere. Book reviews are
welcome but works consisting primarily of non-original literature reviews of other works
generally are not accepted. Neither are works that consist primarily of political-oriented
commentary. Articles for submission review should be sent on diskette or by e-mail
attachment to Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD Director, Hmong Resource Center, Hmong Cultural
Center, 995 University Avenue, Suite 214, Saint Paul, MN 55104, e-mail:
email@example.com or to Anne Frank, Librarian, Southeast Asian Archive,
University of California, Irvine, The UCI Libraries, P.O. Box 19557, Irvine, CA
92623-9557, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: As a peer-reviewed journal, the Hmong Studies Journal reserves the right
to suggest and request revisions to any submitted article. The editors and editorial
board of the Hmong Studies Journal will review all articles and subsequent drafts for
possible submission and will decide whether articles are to be accepted or declined.
Manuscripts should be submitted in the "Uniform scholarly article format" and organized, as follows:
3. Methods [and Material]
To view all of the articles in the past issues of the Hmong Studies Journal visit:
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL PARTNERS WITH PROQUEST'S ETHNIC
The Hmong Studies Journal has recently been approached and reached agreement to have all of its content
distributed in digital format to hundreds of academic libraries around the world through ProQuest's Ethnic
NewsWatch. Other peer-reviewed scholarly journals related to Ethnic Studies distributed by Ethnic NewsWatch
include: Research in African Literatures, American Indian Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, The Journal of
Blacks in Higher Education, Jewish Social Studies, Isreal Studies, History and Memory, Ethnic Studies Review,
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Race, Gender, and
Class, and The Social Studies.
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER 2005 ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE:
Hmong Cultural Center's 2005 Annual Report is now available for viewing at this link. Hmong
Cultural Center is home to the Hmong Resource Center Library as well as adult basic education,
cultural education and multicultural education programs. The annual report includes listings of
Hmong Resource Center library acquisitions in 2005. Older HCC Annual Reports back to 1999 may be
viewed at this link.
WWW HMONG HOMEPAGE:
The Hmong 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. 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/