“Terrorists or Victims?” a lecture on U.S. – Lao Relations and Hmong Transnational Politics” will be held Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Minnesota, 125 Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Dr. Her Vang will examine U.S.-Lao relations from the early 1960s to the end of the first decade of the new millennium and their impact on U.S.-Hmong relations, looking particularly at the formation and evolution of Hmong transnational politics in America during this period of recent history.
Dr. Vang received his Ph.D in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010. His dissertation, “Dreaming of Home, Dreaming of Land: Hmong Displacements and Transnational Politics” is based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research done in Laos, Thailand, and the United States between 2006 and 2009.
This is work explores the evolution of Hmong transnational politics in Thailand and the United States after the Vietnam War.
Her Vang is a 2010-2011 resident scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study as a postdoctoral fellow in Hmong Studies, a position funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
For more information about the talk and for directions visit https://events.umn.edu/009038.