From left, Dr. Zha Blong Xiong, Associate Prof., UofMN Twin Cities; Dr. Mark Pfeifer, Editor of the Hmong Studies Journal; and Chia Youyee Vang, Associate Prof., UW-Milwaukee.
The Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center is pleased to announce the publication of its online special Hmong Studies Journal edition on the 2010 Census.
Hmong Studies Journal is the only peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the scholarly publications of topics in Hmong history, culture, and their life experiences in the U.S., Asia, and around the world. Since its inception in 1996, it has published 16 online issues in 13 volumes with a total of 116 articles.
The special issue co-editors are Dr. Mark Pfeifer, Editor of the Hmong Studies Journal, and Dr. Zha Blong Xiong, Associate Professor at University of Minnesota
“This volume is the culmination of a unique, year-long project involving the compilation of data and analysis of important trends in Hmong American demographic changes, social and economic characteristics,” Pfeifer said. “We invited Hmong American Studies scholars from across the United States to write articles in their respective areas of expertise.
The articles in this special issue represent the most in-depth scholarly analyses of emerging issues and trends impacting Hmong American communities, according to Pfeifer.
“A few key findings emerged,” he added. “For example, for the first time in the Hmong American history, there are people of Hmong ethnicity residing in every state, including the District of Columbia. More than 50 percent of the current Hmong population in the U.S. is now American as opposed to foreign-born, and English is no longer a barrier for the majority.
Considerable socioeconomic differences between Hmong communities in different states remain, he adds. Educational disparities, especially within higher education, between Hmong American women and men have been eliminated. Health disparities between Hmong Americans and the US population remain critical issues.
Contributing researher Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said the psecial issue is an important opportunity for scholars to not only analyze what the data says about Hmong Americans, but also to discuss what it means for our community.
“Hmong Studies Journal has provided scholars with space to make sense of the data,” Vang said.
Articles in this special include the following important topics: demographic shifts, socioeconomic status, educational attainment and language use, household formation patterns and divorce rates, current status of research related to health disparities experienced, and mental health incidence rate.
Volume 13, Issue 2, The 2010 U.S. Census Issue of the Hmong Studies Journal is published at www.hmongstudiesjournal.org.
Support for the 2010 Census Issue of the Hmong Studies Journal has been provided by the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the Hmong Diaspora Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For more information, contact Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD at [email protected] τ