HMONG STUDIES NEWSLETTER
WINTER 2008 (January-March 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:
May Thao Moua. (2007). An Investigation of Factors impacting Hmong Students’ Completion of a
Four-Year Postsecondary Degree. Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Fresno and
University of California, Davis. This graduate research study assesses human capital, social capital, cultural
capital and institutional factors that influence the ability of Hmong students to pursue a higher education in the
Central Valley region of California.
Sandy Lee Vang. (2007). Perception of Hypertension and Antihypertensive Medication Compliance
in the Elderly Hmong Population. M.S. Thesis, California State University, Fresno. This
“phenomenological” graduate study investigates how elderly Hmong with hypertension perceive their disease
state and comply with their prescribed medication.
Pa Pam Vue. (2007). Factors that Contribute towards and/or impede Hmong Women from Obtaining a
Higher Education Degree. Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Fresno and University of
California, Davis. This qualitative graduate study investigates factors that have both hindered and helped
Hmong women attempting to earn college degrees.
Mao Xiong. (2007). Hmong Parents’ Attitudes, Perceptions of Disability, and Expectations of Children
with Disabilities: A Qualitative Study of Its Impact on Academic Performance. M.S. Thesis, University
of Wisconsin-Stout. This graduate study explores academic and career expectations among Hmong parents
for their children with disabilities. Read it Here: http://www.uwstout.edu/lib/thesis/2007/2007xiongma.pdf
Zang Xiong. (2008). Hmong Grandparents raising Grandchildren: An Exploratory Study. M.S.W.
Thesis, California State University, Fresno. This qualitative graduate study assesses the experiences of
Hmong grandparents who have raised their grandchildren in Laos, Thailand, and the United States.
Pang Yang. (2007). Acculturation and Depression in the Hmong Community. M.S.W. Thesis, California
State University, Long Beach. This graduate study explores relationships between acculturation and
depression in a sample of Hmong residing in Sacramento, California.
Academic Journal Articles/Other
Patrick F. Clarkin. (2008). “Adiposity and Height of Adult Hmong Refugees: Relationship with War-
Related Early Malnutrition and Later Migration.” American Journal of Human Biology 20: 174-184.
This research study examines whether correlates for poor nutrition in early life are associated with
characteristics of body composition and height among adult Hmong refugees. The author collected data from
279 adult Hmong refugees residing in French Guiana and the United States.
Bic Ngo and Stacey J. Lee. (2007). “Complicating the Image of Model Minority Success: A Review of
Southeast Asian American Education.” Review of Educational Research 77(4): 415-53. This article
looks at the various explanations commonly given for both the successes and struggles of Southeast Asian
American students (Hmong, Lao, Cambodian, and Vietnamese). The existing research pertaining to the
education of first and second generations of each group is reviewed and assessed.
Stacey J. Lee and Margaret R. Hawkins. (2008). “`Family is Here’: Learning in Community-Based After-
School Programs.” Theory Into Practice 47(1): 51-58. This article assesses the culture of community-based
after-school programs that serve Hmong youth in one city. The authors argue that these programs possess
relative advantages in successfully connecting to Hmong youth compared to schools. The authors posit that
through collaborative activities, schools and community-based programs have potential to overcome academic
and cultural barriers that serve to marginalize low-income immigrant minority youth.
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 AT 2008 HMONG NATIONAL CONFERENCE:
A panel session featuring two papers from Hmong Studies Journal Volume 8 (2007) will be held at the 13th
annual Hmong National Conference at Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado, Saturday, March 29, 2008
from 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM. The following papers will be presented by their authors in this session:
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: http://hmongstudies.
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 CULTURAL CENTER'S 2007 ANNUAL REPORT:
Hmong Cultural Center of Saint Paul recently released its 2007 Annual Report to the community. Read it here.
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:
HMONG STUDIES RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED:
A comprehensive 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
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 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.
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/