ST. PAUL (Feb. 25, 2014) — The Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul is planning a major expansion and enhancement of the Hmong Studies Virtual Library.
The library contains the links to full-text books, research articles and published reports related to Hmong Studies and Southeast Asian American Studies as the part of the website of its Hmong Resource Center Library. It now consists of source information metadata and links to more than 300 full-text Hmong-related resources available on the internet.
The Hmong Studies Virtual Library currently includes in PDF format the complete contents of 156 journal articles, 18 conference panel sessions, 82 dissertations and theses, 36 research reports, and 22 books.
Visit the Hmong Studies Virtual Library at www.hmonglibrary.org.
In addition to the many Hmong-related dissertations and journal articles included in the virtual library, the collection includes online access for the first time to the full-text of Hmong language resources developed by the Hmong Cultural Center over the past two decades pertaining to Hmong cultural traditions and history. Most of these 19 documents were compiled by the center’s long-time cultural specialist Tougeu Leepalao.
Items from the Hmong Cultural Center’s Hmong Culture Collection available in PDF format and featured in the Virtual Library include Tshoob Kos (Hmong Traditional Wedding Ceremony Procedures, Tus Txheej Txheem Kab Kev Pam Tuag (Hmong Traditional Funeral Ceremony Procedures), Hmoob Lub Neej Nyob Yaj Ces Tuam Meem Teb (Suav Teb) Txij Li Tiam 1 Mus Txog Tiam 18. (Hmong Life in China from the 1st Century to 18th Century), Txoov Siv Yis. Hwj Huaj Neeb Kho Mob. Tus Txiv Neeb. Hwj Huaj Neeb. Lwm Sub Xa Xyoo Laus. Pov Pob Xyoo Tshiab. (History of the Shaman Ceremony in Hmong culture) and Hmoob Lub Neej Nyob Yaj. Ces Teb Tsim Meej (Los Tsuas), Txij Li Tiam 18 mus txog tiam 20 (Hmong Life in Laos from the 18th to 20th century.
“Today’s students and scholars often look online first for full-text research as they work on term papers and research projects,” said Mark E. Pfeifer, Ph.D., of Hmong Cultural Center. “The Hmong Studies Virtual Library is a very unique resource that provides more than 300 full-text research resources related to the Hmong in one place.
“We are particularly pleased that the latest expansion of the virtual library includes several documents in the Hmong language pertaining to Hmong culture and history including Qeej songs and Wedding and Funeral procedures that will now be available to online audiences in Minnesota and beyond for the first time,” Pfeifer added. “This online library supported by a 3 year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will play an important role in facilitating easy access in one place to full-text resources pertaining to the Hmong and will help the Hmong Resource Center Library continue its mission as a key research institution to community members, students and scholars.”
The Hmong Resource Center Library itself was founded in the late 1990s to provide a comprehensive collection of Hmong-related materials to the community. The growing collections include around 600 Hmong-related books, 275 Hmong-related theses and dissertations, 880 Hmong-related academic journal articles, over 3,500 Hmong-related newspaper articles and more than 200 videos.
The library possesses the most significant collection of Hmong-related theses and dissertations and research journal articles of any institution in Minnesota or the United States.
The Hmong Resource Center Library is open to the public Monday through Friday at the Hmong Cultural Center’s offices at 379 University Avenue, Suite 204 in Saint Paul.
Founded in 1992, Hmong Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through Hmong cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons. In early 2012, HCC earned “Meets Standards” Status from the Charities Review Council. Hmong Cultural Center is currently the only Hmong organization in Minnesota to have this status.
The center’s website is at www.hmongcc.org.