ST. PAUL — The Hmong Studies Journal presents it’s Fall 2013 Issue. The newsletter contains a list of the most current academic works published by, for or about the Hmong people.
Hmong Studies Newsletter Editor Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD has created the newsletter since 2001 provided as a consistent source of up-to-date information about new works in Hmong Studies and Hmong-related research resources. To access current or back issues of this online publication dating back to 2001 visit www.hmongstudies.org.
The Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center is the online home of the Hmong Studies Journal academic journal. This 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 (www.hmonglibrary.org) at the Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul, the largest depository of Hmong Studies academic journal articles and graduate theses and dissertations in the United States.
NEW WORKS IN HMONG STUDIES:
• Todd J. Bohm. (2013). Influences on High School Attainment of Hmong American Males. EdD Dissertation, Edgewood College. This graduate study explores positive and negative influences that affected potential graduation of Hmong American male students from a high school in central Wisconsin. The author reports surveys and interviews with Hmong American male graduates and non-graduates from the graduating classes of 2011 and 2012, and while identifying themes that indicated influences on their probability of graduating from high school including parental involvement, English language acquisition, inter-generational conflict, and student engagement.
• Mai Yang Vang. (2013). For whom is “Successful Aging” Relevant?: (Re)defining the Aging Experience through the Voices of Hmong Elders. MA Thesis, University of California, Los Angeles. Through interviews with Hmong elders, the author of this graduate thesis attempts to contest the current theoretical framework of successful aging and articulate how it has been exclusive not only to the diversity of the aging population but also to Hmong elders as it is conceptualized. Utilizing an Asian American Studies framework, the author also discusses culture-specific approaches to successful aging and suggests methods to establish more fluid concepts of aging than those observed in the mainstream gerontology literature.
• TangJudy Vang. (2013). The Role of Psycho-Sociocultural Factors in Suicide Risk Among Mong/Hmong Youth. PhD Dissertation, Portland State University. This graduate study examines psychological, social, and cultural factors that can affect suicide risk among Mong/Hmong youth between the ages of 18 and 25. The author conducted surveys among 165 Mong/Hmong youth in California.
• Ger Xiong. (2013). “A Matter of Life and Death”: Biocitizenship and (In)Voluntary Reproductive Sterilization of Hmong Refugee Women in California (Post-1979). MA Thesis, University of California, Los Angeles. This graduate thesis explores how women’s reproductive choices and capacities are regulated through state apparatuses and medical processes in the optimization of life. The author examine the reproductive sterilizations of six Hmong refugee women in California as part of medical procedures and the women’s role in the decisionmaking processes involved.
• Kou Yang. (2013). Laos and Its Expatriates in the United States: A Memoir of an American Professor. Frederick, MD: Publish America. This work covers Laos, its past and present as well as its land, its peoples, and its interaction with Laos’ former citizens living in the Unites States of America. The work also includes a brief coverage of Laos in the re-orientation of the U.S. priority in the Asia-Pacific. The work also gives attention to the Secret War and its impact on the country, the refugee exodus and their adaptation to the United States, postwar relations between Laos and the United States, and the process of healing the scars from the war years. More information about this book is at www.amazon.com/Laos-Its-Expatriates-United-States/dp/1462693059.
Academic Journal Articles/Other
• Nazneen F. Bahrassa, Mary Joyce D. Juan, and Richard M. Lee. (2013). “Hmong American Sons and Daughters: Exploring Mechanisms of Parent–Child Acculturation Conflicts.” Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4(2): 100-108. This article examines gender differences in parent– child acculturation conflicts among Hmong American college students (N = 120). The authors also assessed whether cultural attributions or perceived control explained the relationship between acculturation conflict and psychological distress.
• Moon S. Chen, Jr, Dao M. Fang, Susan L. Stewart, et al. (2013). “Increasing Hepatitis B Screening for Hmong Adults: Results from a Randomized Controlled Community-Based Study.” Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 22:782-791. This article discusses an initiative involving researchers and Hmong leaders who collaborated in the design, conduct, and evaluation of a 5-year randomized controlled trial testing a lay health worker (LHW) intervention to promote HBV testing among 260 Hmong adults in California through in-home education and patient navigation. The intervention was intended to address the high rate of liver cancer among Hmong.
• Dao Moua Fang, Dian L. Baker. (2013). “Barriers and Facilitators of Cervical Cancer Screening among Women of Hmong Origin.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24, 2: 540-555. This qualitative study assesses barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening among women of Hmong origin. Hmong women experience a high rate of cervical cancer incidence. Utilizing a community- based participatory research approach, the authors conducted focus groups (n=44) with Hmong women in California.
• Lisa Franzen-Castle and Chery Smith. (2013). “Shifts in Hmong Culture: Competing Medical Frameworks.” Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. 15:829–835. The purpose of this study was to examine the ways in which language changes, acculturation, and perceptions of modernity impact medicinal practices among younger and older generations of Hmong. Focus groups were conducted with newly immigrated and well established Hmong adults in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
• Thongchue Khiatthong, Kla Somtrakool & Pirat Tidpard. (2013). “Hmong Needlework: Development of Interior Decoration Patterns and Products for a Creative Economy.” Asian Social Science; 9(13): 196-201. This research study explores the embroidery techniques of the Hmong in Northern Thailand. The researchers investigate the possibility of creating a larger variety of products associated with Hmong embroidery techniques for use in interior housing decoration, such as curtains, pillow-cases and place-mats.
• Kham Yang Lee and Kris Clarke. (2013). “The Significance of Social Memory in 1.5-Generation Hmong-Americans: Implications for Culturally Competent Social Work Practice.” Journal of Ethnic And Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 22:2, 162-177. This exploratory research study assesses how the 1.5 generation of Hmong in higher education make meaning of the trauma of the Secret War in Laos as a part of their identity and current lives in the United States.
• Bic Ngo. (2013). “Culture Consciousness Among Hmong Immigrant Leaders: Beyond the Dichotomy of Cultural Essentialism and Cultural Hybridity.” American Educational Research Journal 50 (Published online). This article explores the culture consciousness of Hmong immigrant community leaders as they work to improve the educational experiences of Hmong American children and families.
• Faith Nibbs. (2013). “Kinship at the intersection of lineage and linguistics: a study of Hmong relatedness in Western contexts.” Language and Intercultural Communication 13(4): 371-385. This comparative study focuses on the Hmong who came as refugees to Texas and Gammertingen, Germany, examining the ways connections and disconnections of relatedness have come to be understood not only in terms of blood and clan, but also in terms of dialect.
• Toshiyuki Sakuragi and Judith W. Fuller. (2013). “Shape and Function in Hmong Classifier Choices.” Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 42:349–361. This linguistics study explores classifiers in the Hmong language. A particular focus of the author is on gaining insights into the underlying cognitive process of categorization involved with classifier usage in Hmong.
• Sheryl Thorburn, Karen Levy Keon and Jennifer Kue. (2013). “Sources of Breast and Cervical Cancer Information for Hmong Women and Men.” Women & Health, 53:5, 468-478. This qualitative study examines sources of information about breast and cervical cancer, including screening, and identifies barriers to seeking such information for Hmong women and men residing in Oregon.