HMONG STUDIES NEWSLETTER
SPRING 2008 (April-June 2008)
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Connie Kong Cha. (2007). “Action Research: Development and Implementation of a Training Program
to Address Health Access and Cultural Competency for the Southeast Asian Population in the
Central San Joaquin Valley of California.” PhD Dissertation, Alliant International University, Fresno.
This graduate research project examines the barriers Southeast Asian Americans confront in accessing health
services. The work describes a training curriculum that was developed for health care providers working with
these populations. Focus group studies were conducted with Cambodians, Hmong, Lahu, Lao, and Mien
residing in Central California for the purposes of the project.
Pa Der Vang. (2007). “Southeast Asian Mental Health from the Perspective of the Bicultural
Provider.” PhD Dissertation, University of Minnesota. This graduate research study investigates the
specific interactions that take place between bicultural and bilingual Southeast Asian origin mental health
providers and patients who share the same culture and language.
Academic Journal Articles/Other
Susan Matoba Adler. (2007). “Hmong Home-School Relations: Hmong Parents and Professionals
Speak Out.” From C.C. Park, ed., et al. Asian American Education: Acculturation, Literacy
Development and Learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 77-104. This qualitative study
in a Midwestern U.S. urban school district assesses home-school relations from the perspectives of Hmong
parents and Hmong educational professionals.
Karl Bryand. (2008). “The Quest for Home: Sheboygan’s Hmong Population.” From R.C. Jones, ed.,
Immigrants outside Megalopolis: Ethnic Transformation in the Heartland. Lanham, MD: Lexington
Books, 190-211. A book chapter that broadly discusses the adaptation of the Hmong population in
Sheboygan, WI since 1976. The work discusses the history of the community, residential patterns, economic
development and social adjustment.
Lynne M. Dearborn. (2008). “Immigrant Homeowners: Residential Choices of Low and Moderate
Income Hmong in Milwaukee’s Central City. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 25(1):
24-41. This article examines factors behind the residential choices of Hmong homeowners in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. The author used semi-structured interviews with 32 Hmong households.
Jacob R. Hickman. (2007). “`Is it the Spirit or the Body?’” Syncretism of Health Beliefs Among Hmong
Immigrants to Alaska.” NAPA Bulletin 27: 176-195. This article argues that the Hmong health system in
Alaska is developing into a syncretism of folk beliefs and elements from the Western biomedical paradigm. The
author shows that this syncretism has lead to an intricate system of combined physical and spiritual diagnoses
that significantly affect the way health care decisions are made within the Alaska Hmong community.
Gary Yia Lee. (2007). “Hmong Post-War Identity Production: Heritage Maintenance and Cultural
Reinterpretation.” From N. Stanley-Price, ed. Cultural Heritage in Postwar Recovery. Rome: ICCROM,
2007. This article assesses the cultural conservation strategies used by Hmong including formal learning,
electronic recording and broadcasting, the internet, newspapers and books, video and filmmaking and the
commercialization of cultural artifacts. The author also discusses the new Hmong identity that is produced
through these strategies and its consequences for an “authentic” Hmong culture. Read this article online here:
Mark E. Pfeifer. (2008). “Cambodian, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese Americans in the 2005 American
Survey.” Featured article in the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, 3
(Special Issue on Southeast Asian American Demographics): 1-21. This article provides a comparative
overview of 2005 demographic, educational and socioeconomic data related to Cambodian, Hmong, Lao and
Vietnamese in the United States. Several scholars respond and provide additional context to the article
including Wayne E. Wright, Peter Nien-Chu Kiang, Carl L. Bankston, Yang Sao Xiong, Phitsamay
Sychitkokhong Uy, Linda Trinh Vo, Sophal Ear, Loan T. Phan, Gerda de Klerk and Terrence G. Wiley. Read
this article and the responses online here: http://jsaaea.coehd.utsa.edu/index.php/JSAAEA/issue/current
Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj. (2007). “Occult Racism: The Masking of Race in the Hmong Hunter
Incident: A Dialogue between Anthropologist Louisa Schein and Filmmaker/Activist Va-Megn Thoj.”
American Quarterly 59(4): 1051-1095. This article provides a dialogue between Anthropologist Louisa Schein
and Filmmaker/Activist Va-Megn Thoj about Thoj’s work and the general nature of racial imagery of Hmong in
mainstream popular culture and media accounts.
Louisa Schein. (2008). “Neoliberalism and Hmong/Miao Transnational Media Ventures.” From Li
Zhang and Aihwa Ong, Eds. Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar. Ithaca: Cornell University Press,
103-119. This articles examines the marginalization of China’s Miao minority ethnic groups from Chinese
economic change but also their simultaneous connectedness to the transnational media production of Hmong
CALL FOR PAPERS: DIVERSITY WITHIN DIASPORA: THE STATUS OF HMONG
AMERICA 30 YEARS AFTER INITIAL RESETTLEMENT IN THE U.S. (PEER
REVIEWED SCHOLARLY ANTHOLOGY) DEADLINE AUGUST 31, 2008:
Submissions are being accepted for a forthcoming multi-disciplinary scholarly anthology related to
contemporary Hmong America. Please see the link below for additional information:
ONLINE RESEARCH LIBRARY AT HMONG STUDIES INTERNET RESOURCE
A growing library of links to full-text research articles and other documents related to Hmong Studies and
Southeast Asian American Studies is available at the following link:
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL PANEL HELD AT 2008 HMONG NATIONAL
A well attended panel session featuring papers from Hmong Studies Journal Volume 8 (2007) was held at the
13th annual Hmong National Conference at Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado, Saturday, March 29,
The following presentations were part of this session:
"Overview of the Hmong Studies Journal and Hmong Studies Journal Volume 8." By Mark E. Pfeifer. Online link
to view: http://hmongstudies.org/OverviewoftheHmongStudiesJournalPresentation2008.pdf
"An Assessment of the Hmong American New Year and Its Implications for Hmong-American Culture." by Kou
Yang, Hmong Studies Journal Vol 8, 2007. Online link to view: http://hmongstudies.org/KYangHSJ8.pdf
"Financial Management in Hmong Immigrant Families: Change and Adaptation." by Pa Nhia D. Yang and
Catherine A. Solheim, Hmong Studies Journal Vol 8 2007. Online link to view:
HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL PUBLISHES 8TH VOLUME:
In December 2007, the Hmong Studies Journal, published its 8th volume since 1996. The new edition features
9 original articles of peer-reviewed scholarship. Read the press release and access links to the 9 articles here:
HMONG STUDIES RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED:
A bibliography consisting of more than 600 annotations of Hmong Studies-related scholarly research works
published between 1996-2006 has been 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?
You can check to see if your library has this bibliography yet at the following link: http://www.worldcat.
If your library doesn't have it yet, please encourage them to get it for their collections.
In the Fall of 2007, the Asian American Press newspaper 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
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER’S RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY PROVIDES
ONLINE CATALOG HOLDINGS LISTS:
Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul provides lists of holdings in its Resource Center library on its website at
www.hmongcc.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.
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:
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. To view the WWW Hmong Homepage and learn about upcoming educational events visit: www.
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/