HMONG STUDIES NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2005

ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTER OF THE
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER:

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION: The Hmong Studies Resource Newsletter has for 5 years 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.hmongcenter.org/hccnewsletter.html

Comprehensive and frequently updated online subject bibliographies of Hmong Studies works are available at:
http://www.hmongstudies.org/HmongBibliographies.html

ABOUT THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTER:

The work of the Hmong Resource Center is to provide information to Hmong and non-Hmong for the
purpose of promoting positive race relations, human rights, multicultural education, information about
cross-cultural health and medicine, teacher education, family literacy education and community-based
research. The Hmong Resource Center is fairly unique in that it is a Hmong community organization-
controlled collection with both a community and a scholarly focus. The collection is located in the Hmong
community, above a Hmong grocery, and in a building with a large number of Hmong businesses and
organizations, making it highly accessible to both members of the community as well as students and
scholars from the wider community who through visiting have the opportunity to experience the Hmong
community within a primarily Hmong environment that is physically part of the community adding an
important multicultural learning and participatory dimension that is not available on any college campus. The
Hmong Resource Center's Hmong Studies scholarly collections include several hundred books, more than 700
academic journal articles, 250 theses and dissertations, 300 videos and more than 3000 newspaper articles.

The Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center is open to the public Monday through Friday
from 9 AM – 6 PM. 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. E-Mail:
resources@hmongcenter.org. Online Resource Center Catalog: www.hmongcenter.org/ or
www.hmongcenter.com/ 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:














Books/Theses/Reports

Meliha Ceric. (2004). Education of Hmong Children in Minnesota: 1975-2004: The Integration of
Hmong Immigrants into American Society. M.A. Thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato.
This
thesis looks at the interactions of Hmong children and parents with the school system in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Much of the author’s findings were derived from a review of previously completed reports and academic and
newspaper articles.

Linda C. Gensheimer. (2005). Hmong Mental Health Providers: A Hermeneutic Approach to
Understanding Their Experience. PhD Dissertation, University of Minnesota.
This dissertation
examines the experiences of Hmong-origin mental health providers. Eleven Hmong mental health providers who
have provided mental health services to Hmong adults were interviewed and asked to describe specific
situations encountered while doing this work. The author also makes recommendations for further research
and suggests practical implications for educators and those working in the field of mental health. The Hmong
Resource Center thanks the author for donating this item to our collections.

Herve Giraud. (2005). Basha: A Hmong Child. Farmington Hills, MI: BlackBirch Press.  A children’s book
recently translated into English from French. The 24 page work describes the lifestyle of a Hmong girl living in
Northern Vietnam.

Jay Xiong. (2005). Lus Hmoob Txhais (Hmong-English Dictionary), Second Edition. Self-Published by
the Author.
New, expanded edition of a comprehensive Hmong-English dictionary. The work may be ordered
at
www.hmongdictionary.com The Hmong Resource Center thanks the author for donating a copy to our
collections.

Piaj Yang. (2004). Hmong Juvenile Delinquency: A Qualitative Investigation of Parents’ and
Adolescents’ Perception of Parental Involvement and Risk Factors. M.A. Thesis, Minnesota State
University, Mankato.
The author of this thesis used phenomenological research methods to study the
perceptions of both Hmong adolescents and Hmong parents as to the causes of juvenile delinquency. The
research was conducted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area among 15 parents and 15 youth.   

Academic Journal Articles/Other

Jenny Su, Richard M. Lee, and Shary Vang. (2005). “Intergenerational Family Conflict and Coping
Among Hmong-American College Students.” Journal of Counseling Psychology 52(4): 482-489.
The
authors of this article examined problem solving and social support, as different styles of coping with
intergenerational family conflict, among 86 Hmong-American college students. The results indicated that social
support buffered and problem solving enhanced the negative effects of family conflict on symptoms of stress
but not on affect. The authors observed significant interaction effects between family conflict and self-blame on
distress. Students who were more likely to blame themselves reported higher levels of distress.


HMONG RESOURCE CENTER VISITORS:

2005 Hmong Culture Resource Center User Stats

From January 1 to November 8, 2005:

Total number of visitors: 1248
% Hmong: 43%
% Non-Hmong: 57%
Over the age of 18:  90%
Under the age of 18: 10%
Local resident: 93%
Non-local resident: 7%
Academic Users (Affiliated with College or University): 22%

Academic-Affiliated Users
•        University of Minnesota: 96
•        Metropolitan State University: 44
•        University of St. Thomas: 35
•        University of Wisconsin- River Falls: 19
•        Macalester: 12
•        Hamline University: 10
•        College of Saint Scholastica - 9
•        St. Cloud State University: 8
•        Augsburg College - 6
•        Bethel University: 5
•        Century College: 4
•        St. Olaf: 3
•        Minnesota State University, Mankato: 3
•        Concordia University-St. Paul  - 4
•        College of St. Catherine: 2
•        Concordia- Moorhead: 2
•        St. Mary University: 3
•        Argosy University: 2
•        North Central University – 2
•        North Hennepin Community College - 2
•        College of Saint Benedict – 1
•        Gustuvus Adolphus - 1
•        Saint Paul College – 1
•        Inver Hills Community College
•        UW-Stout – 2
•        University of Wisconsin- La Crosse: 1
•        UW-Madison - 1
•        George Washington University: 1
•        Gonzaga University: 2
•        Rutgers University - 1
•        University of Passau-Germany – 4
•        Doshisha University: 1

As the 2005 statistics show, the Hmong Resource Center brings in users from all walks of life - from Hmong who
have recently moved to Minnesota from Wat Tham Krabok to college professors. The Hmong Studies academic
journal article collections and thesis dissertation collections (the most comprehensive such collections in the
United States) bring in many students and professors from colleges and universities in Minnesota and further
afield.


WWW HMONG HOMEPAGE:

The Hmong 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 visit:
www.hmongnet.org


HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL PUBLISHES VOLUME 6:

The Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center has published the online edition of volume
6 of the Hmong Studies Journal. An internet-based journal, The Hmong Studies Journal is the only
peer-reviewed academic publication devoted to the scholarly discussion of Hmong history, Hmong
culture, Hmong people, and other facets of the Hmong experience in the U.S., Asia and around the
world. The Hmong Studies Journal has now published 8 online issues in 6 volumes with a total of 40
scholarly articles since 1996.

Hmong Studies Journal Volume 6 will also be available in a special print edition in the Winter of 2005. In
addition to the 11 newly published scholarly articles, the print edition will include additional Hmong
Studies bibliographic content.

HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL VOLUME 6 ARTICLES

1. "Who is Hmong? Questions and Evidence from the U.S. Census" by Wayne Carroll and Victoria
Udalova, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/CarrollandUdalovaHSJ6.pdf

2. "Hmong and Lao Refugee Women: Reflections of a Hmong-American Woman Anthropologist" by
Dia Cha, Saint Cloud State University.
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/ChaHSJ6.pdf

3. “Hmong Resettlement in French Guiana" by Patrick F. Clarkin, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/ClarkinHSJ6.pdf

4. "The Myth of Sonom, the Hmong King" by Robert Entenmann, Saint Olaf College
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/EntenmannHSJ6.pdf

5. "Hmong Cosmology: Proposed Model, Preliminary Insights" by Vincent K. Her, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/HerHSJ6.pdf

6. "The Shaping of Traditions: Agriculture and Hmong Society" by Gary Yia Lee
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/LeeHSJ6.pdf

7. "What is the actual number of the (H)mong in the World" by Jacques Lemoine
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/LemoineHSJ6.pdf

8. "Hmong Refugee’s Death Fugue" by Sheng-mei Ma, Michigan State University
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/MaHSJ6.pdf

9. "Continuing the promise: Recruiting and preparing Hmong-American educators for Central
Wisconsin" by Leslie McClain-Ruelle, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Kao Xiong,
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/McClainandXiongHSJ6.pdf

10. "Southeast Asian Fathers’ Experiences with Adolescents: Challenges and Change" by Zha Blong
Xiong and Daniel F. Detzner, University of Minnesota.
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/XiongandDetznerHSJ6.pdf

11. "Research Notes from the Field: Tracing the Path of the Ancestors – A Visit to the Hmong in
China" by Kou Yang, California State University, Stanislaus.
Link to View:
http://hmongstudies.org/YangHSJ6.pdf

The Hmong Studies Journal is currently accepting submissions for Volume 7, the deadline for
submissions is January 15, 2006.
Please visit this link for submission guidelines and additional information.

HMONG STUDIES PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER:

In the past year the Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center has published four unique
scholarly publications – An Annotated Bibliography of Hmong-Related Works 1996-2004, Hmong
2000 Census Publication in collaboration with Hmong National Development and several scholars of
Hmong-American Studies and two issues of the Hmong Studies Journal.

Click this link for further information about these publications as well as ordering info


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/


LEARN ABOUT HMONG WEBSITE:

Hmong Cultural Center’s Hmong Resource Center has launched a multicultural education website:
www.learnabouthmong.com. The Learn about Hmong website uses online video clips and other
multimedia technologies to teach about the Hmong people, and promote a better understanding of the
Hmong people and their experience in Minnesota and the United States.

In the past several months,  additional substantive content has been added to the LearnaboutHmong
website, the new features include:  

A revised and expanded version of the center's Hmong 101 presentation

A presentation of General interest printed and online resources pertaining to the Hmong

A presentation with pictures and descriptive information about more than 50 traditional Hmong cultural artifacts

A photo essay of Hmong community life in Minnesota

New video clips of Hmong Qeej, marriage and funeral songs as well as the recent 2005 4th of July  Sports
Tournament in Minnesota

LearnaboutHmong.com has been made possible by a grant from the 3M/COMPAS Award for
Innovation in the Arts Program and the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation.


HMONG WOMEN'S CONFERENCE

The first Hmong Women's National Conference was successfully held Sept. 16-17 on the University of
Minnesota campus. Hmong Cultural Center served as a partner for this event. Please see the conference
webpage for information about the conference including pictures, copies of some of the presentations, and the
program brochure.  
Conference webpage link

HMONG RESOURCE FAIR 2005

The Hmong Resource Fair held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005 from 10am till 2pm at Arlington Sr. High School in St.
Paul, MN was a tremendous success and the largest Hmong Resource Fair held to date. The 2005 Hmong
Resource Fair focused on providing resources and assistance to the new Hmong refugees, their sponsor or
host (anchor) families and other providers along with the general Hmong community in Minnesota. Bilingual
staff from more than 110 organizations/agencies were available to provide assistance to members of the
Hmong community and to those who work with them. Information resources related to health and nutrition,
mental health, education, employment, legal and government services, as well as many other services, were
available to participants.
Click here to view the 2005 Hmong Resource Fair webpage (including the program
brochure and pictures from the day)

2006 HMONG NATIONAL CONFERENCE MARCH 17-19, HILTON HOTEL
MINNEAPOLIS

Hmong National Development’s Annual Hmong National Conference is currently accepting proposals for
workshops to be given at the conference that will be held in Minneapolis in March 2006. Please visit
http://www.
hndlink.org/conference.htm for the Call for Papers form and other information about the largest and most
established annual conference of its kind in the United States. Newly added this year is the opportunity for high
school and college students to present their projects in poster presentation sessions.

2005 HMONG CULTURAL CENTER FUNDRAISING BANQUET

The 2005 Hmong Cultural Center fundraising banquet held at FoodSmart Restaurant in Saint Paul on Sunday,
October 23 was a great success. Almost $5,000 was raised to support the cultural education programs (Qeej,
Dance, and Marriage and Funeral Ceremony Instruction) at Hmong Cultural Center in 2006. One may visit
this
webpage to view pictures from the event.

BUILDING BRIDGES: LEARNING ABOUT THE HMONG WORKSHOP SCHEDULED
FOR NOVEMBER 18 2005

Information about and a registration form for the comprehensive three hour diversity training workshop to be
provided by Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul Friday, November 18 is available by
clicking here:

The Building Bridges outreach program is supported by grants from the Saint Paul Foundation, the Otto
Bremer Foundation, The Saint Paul Travelers Foundation and the Minnesota Humanities Commission with
support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. More info about the program is
available here