HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE OF THE HMONG CULTURAL CENTER, E-MAIL NEWSLETTER, 2002, NO. 5

ABOUT THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE:

Located in St. Paul, MN, the Hmong Cultural Center’s Resource Centre is one of the most comprehensive
centralized collections and lending libraries of Hmong-related books, PhD dissertations, indexed articles and
Hmong language literature in the United States. The collection also includes several exhibits of Hmong cultural
artifacts.

The Hmong Resource Centre of the Hmong Cultural Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10
AM – 6 PM. Most of the items in the Resource Centre may be checked out with a photo i.d. for a period of one
week. A photocopier is also available on site.

The Hmong Resource Centre is located in the Hmong Cultural Center’s offices at 995 University Avenue, Suite
214 in Saint Paul. Phone: 651-917-9937. E-Mail: hmongcultural@hotmail.com Website: www.hmongcenter.org/

RECENT RESOURCE CENTRE VISITORS:

Groups to tour the Hmong Resource Centre in the past few weeks have included an after-school youth group
from Lao Family Community St. Paul as well as the staff job counselors and program managers from Lifetrack
Resources in St. Paul.

The Resource Centre was also very privileged to have Dr. Jacques Lemoine visit our collections and browse for a
couple of hours on April 25. Dr. Lemoine has been conducting ethnographic research related to Hmong culture
and traditions in Southeast Asia for 40 years. The Resource Centre library includes several of Dr. Lemoine’s
classic works including Un Village Hmong Vert Du Haut Laos (1972) and Kr’ ua Ke (Showing the Way): A Hmong
Initiation of the Dead (1983).

Educational orientation activity sessions related to Hmong-related resources and Hmong history and culture are
available for interested groups. To schedule a group visit, please call the Hmong Cultural Center at 651-917-
9937.

NEW HMONG HEALTH WEBSITE:

Service providers will be very interested in a new website that has been developed by the Northern Wisconsin
Area Health Education Center under a contract with the National Library of Medicine.

www.hmonghealth.org/ includes an online picture dictionary of the human anatomy with two-way Hmong-English
translations. The website also provides a section titled Hmong Health Conversations which includes two-way
translations of basic questions related to common medical-related situations such as allergies, hearing aids,
making an appointment, and pregnancy. The website also includes Hmong and English language information
related to family health, healthy living, and traditional Hmong healing.

RESOURCE CENTRE PARTICIPATES IN 2 NATIONAL CONFERENCES:

In April, the Hmong Resource Centre participated in both the Hmong National Conference in Milwaukee and the
19th Annual Association for Asian American Studies Conference held in Salt Lake City.

At the Hmong National Conference, on April 15, the Resource Centre’s director Mark Pfeifer presented a paper:
“Hmong-Related Literature: Past, Present, and Future Directions” as part of a joint workshop conducted with Mai
Neng Moua of Paj Ntaub Voice related to Hmong Written Literature. The research paper may be viewed by
pasting the following link into a web browser: http://hmongstudies.20megsfree.com/HmongResearch.pdf

At the Asian American Studies Conference on April 27, Pfeifer presented: “U.S. Census 2000: Trends in Hmong
Population Across the Regions and Cities of the United States” as part of a panel focusing on Current Hmong-
Related Research. Other panel participants included Professor Dia Cha of Saint Cloud State University, Professor
Kou Yang from the University of California-Stanislaus, Professor Kao-Ly Yang, assistant researcher at the Asian
Health Program, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)- Fresno, Fresno Medical Education Program
and Anne Frank, Librarian of the Southeast Asian Archive at California State University, Irvine. The census paper
may be ordered at: http://www.hmongcenter.org/orhmonrescen.html/

RECENT RESOURCE CENTRE ACQUISITIONS:

Books and Dissertations

Lee, T.G. (2002). Tshoob Kos (Traditional Hmong Wedding Ceremony). St. Paul, MN: Hmong Cultural Center. A
new work composed by the Hmong Cultural Center’s resident cultural specialist Tou Geu Lee. This volume
provides detailed information in the Hmong language about the rituals and events associated with traditional
Hmong marriages and weddings.

Lor, P. (2001). Blueprint for college success: Key life experiences contributing to Hmong university students'
matriculation and graduation from college, PhD Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The purpose of
this qualitative study was to explore, identify and describe key life experiences that contribute to Hmong university
students' matriculation and graduation from college. In conducting the research and constructing a theory about
Hmong university student's matriculation and graduation from college, the researcher examined key life
experiences of 18 Hmong university graduates. Based on the evidence from the in-depth interviews, participants
identified five clusters of key life experiences that contributed to their matriculation and graduation from college.
The clusters included: (1) a supportive family environment; (2) social and academic support in a formal education
environment; (3) experience with life’s lessons and the embrace of hardships and challenges; (4) the possession
of a vision and drive for success that included a college education and (5) the availability of financial support.

Corrigan, G. (2001). Miao Textiles from China. Seattle: University of Washington Press. A new academic-oriented
work featuring comprehensive descriptive information and colorful photos of a wide range of Hmong textiles made
in China.

D.C. Everett Area Schools (2001). The Hmong and Their Stories. Weston, WI: D.C. Everett Area Schools. A book
recently published as part of a joint project between a Wisconsin school district and the Wausau Area Hmong
Mutual Assistance Association. The work includes introductory chapters related to Hmong culture and history, the
Hmong involvement in the War of Laos, and the adaptation of Hmong in the United States followed by individual
oral histories of 38 older Hmong residents and a section of traditional folk tales shared by Hmong elders. The
project was funded by the Wausau Area Community Foundation, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Gannett
Foundation, Verizon, and Weyerhauser.

Moua, P. (2001). Where the Torches are Burning: Poems by Pos Moua. Davis, CA: Swan Scythe Press. A
collection of English-language poems by a Hmong-origin poet. The poems pertain to a range of topics including
the author’s family history in Southeast Asia, adaptation to life in the United States as a Hmong-American, and life
in California.

CITIZENSHIP INFORMATION IS ONLINE:

Citizenship information is available on the Hmong Cultural Center website at www.hmongcenter.org/ The
citizenship section of the website includes 25 typical citizenship interview questions, as well as 100 sample
citizenship exam questions in both the English and Hmong languages.

The Hmong Cultural Center is currently accepting enrollment for its citizenship and functional English classes.
There are openings in the English Language Citizenship Classes offered Monday through Thursday from 10:00
AM to 12 Noon and those held Tuesday through Thursday 1:00-4:00 P.M.

Interested individuals may contact Tong Vang at the Hmong Cultural Center for enrollment information. Phone:
651-917-9937.

HMONG MUSICIANS/DANCERS AVAILABLE TO PERFORM AT YOUR SUMMER EVENT:

Looking for some traditional Hmong culture to enliven your community event this summer? The Hmong Cultural
Center’s Qeej (Traditional Hmong Music) and Traditional Dance troupes are available to perform for a fee.
Persons interested in scheduling performances may call Meng Vang (Qeej) or Yer Lo (Dance) at the cultural
center.

OUR FUNDING SUPPORTERS:

The Resource Centre thanks its funding supporters. Our funders include the New York and Vermont-based
Freeman Foundation, the Pinewood Trust of the HRK Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota
Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Minnesota State
Legislature, the 3M Foundation, the Medtronic Foundation, the Marbrook Foundation and our growing community
of member-supporters.