HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE OF THE HMONG CULTURAL CENTER, NEWSLETTER, VOL. 1, NO. 3

ABOUT THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE 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/

Tours and orientation sessions related to Hmong resources may be scheduled by interested school and community
groups as well as professionals. Groups may schedule tours of the Resource Centre by calling 651-917-9937 or e-
mailing hmongcultural@hotmail.com

30 COMPREHENSIVE HMONG BIBLIOGRAPHIES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Students and professionals needing
quick access to lists of published works about the Hmong for reports, research papers, or just out of personal
interest now have access to 30 different comprehensive subject bibliographies relating to the Hmong. The
bibliographies are posted at the Hmong Cultural Center’s website in the “Info about the Hmong” section www.
hmongcenter.org

The subject bibliographies range from the general to the very specific and include just about every conceivable
realm of Hmong culture and adaptation in Southeast Asia and North America. For example, subject bibliographies
are available related to Hmong Men and Women and Gender Roles, Hmong Music, Hmong Folktales and Folklore,
Hmong Clans and Kinship, Race Relations and the Hmong, Socio-cultural Adaptation of the Hmong, Health and
Medical Issues, Mental Health Issues, Hmong History, Hmong Educational Adaptation, Hmong Courtship and
Marriage Practices and Works Written by Hmong-origin authors.

The bibliographies were compiled by Hmong Resource Coordinator Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD from a database of
hundreds of Hmong-related books and articles dating from the early 19th century to 2001. The bibliographies
represent a comprehensive updating of the excellent reference works compiled by the now closed Refugee Studies
Center at the University of Minnesota in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. Unlike these older print
bibliographies, however, the new bibliographies can and will be updated as new works about the Hmong are
published. Suggestions of additional references for these bibliographies may be sent to hmongcultural@hotmail.com
Feedback about the bibliographies is also very much welcome.

RECENT RESOURCE CENTRE ACQUISITIONS

Books and PhD Dissertations

TITLE: HMONG AMERICAN CONCEPTS OF HEALTH, HEALING AND ILLNESS AND THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH
CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 2000. AUTHOR: DIA CHA. PUBLISHER:
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER. LENGTH: 250 PAGES. DESCRIPTION: THIS PHD STUDY
COMPREHENSIVELY EXAMINES HMONG AMERICAN CONCEPTS OF HEALTH, HEALING AND ILLNESS AND THE
HMONG EXPERIENCE WITH CONVENTIONAL AMERICAN MEDICINE. THE WORK ANALYZES SPECIFIC FACTORS
THAT EITHER OBSTRUCT OR ENABLE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY TO HMONG AMERICANS AND ALSO INCLUDES
A VERY USEFUL OVERVIEW OF TRADITIONAL HMONG MEDICINAL AND HEALING PRACTICES. THE RESEARCH
WAS CONDUCTED IN COLORADO. THE METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION INCLUDED FOCUS GROUP
DISCUSSIONS, IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS, ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS, AND PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION WITH
HMONG INFORMANTS.

TITLE: HMONG VALUES AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AS PERCEIVED BY THE U.S. HMONGS. PHD
DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1993. AUTHOR: TOU YER MOUA. PUBLISHER: UNITED STATES
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. LENGTH: 119 PAGES. DESCRIPTION: THIS WORK CONSISTS OF A DESCRIPTIVE
CORRELATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS ABOUT POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AMONG
HMONG PERSONS RESIDING IN THE U.S. THE RESEARCH METHOD CONSISTED OF A QUESTIONNAIRE
ADMINISTERED TO 120 HMONG IN CALIFORNIA. THE STUDY ALSO INCLUDES AN INTERESTING OVERVIEW OF
IMPORTANT LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP STYLES PREVALENT IN HMONG HISTORY AND AN ASSESSMENT OF
LEADERSHIP STYLES OBSERVED IN TWO HMONG ORGANIZATIONS IN CALIFORNIA.

TITLE: KINSHIP AND IDENTITY AMONG HMONG IN THAILAND. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 2001.
AUTHOR: PRASIT LEEPREECHA. PUBLISHER: SEATTLE: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. LENGTH: 304 P.
DESCRIPTION: ANTHROPOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HOW HMONG KINSHIP IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY
THAILAND HAS BEEN CULTURALLY RESHAPED BY THE THAI STATE'S INTEGRATION AND ASSIMILATION
POLICIES AS WELL AS CHRISTIAN AND BUDDHIST MISSIONARY INFLUENCES.

TITLE: LOCUS OF CONTROL AND FAMILY SUPPORT: PREDICTORS OF LIFE SATISFACTION AMONG HMONG
WOMEN. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1999. AUTHOR: ALYSSA KAYING VANG. PUBLISHER:
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, FRESNO CAMPUS. LENGTH: 95 P. DESCRIPTION:
THIS STUDY EXAMINES THE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG LOCUS OF CONTROL, FAMILY SUPPORT, AND LIFE
SATISFACTION FOR 112 HMONG WOMEN IN FRESNO AND SACRAMENTO, CA. HMONG WOMEN WHO
REPORTED MORE FAMILY SUPPORT REPORTED GREATER LIFE SATISFACTION. THOSE REPORTING MORE
EXAGGERATED SELF-CONTROL ALSO REPORTED MORE LIFE SATISFACTION. HIGHER EDUCATION LEVELS
WERE POSITIVELY ASSOCIATED WITH SELF-CONTROL. POST HOC ANALYSES INDICATED THAT MARRIED
HMONG WOMEN PERCEIVED MORE FAMILY SUPPORT AND GREATER LIFE SATISFACTION THAN DID SINGLE
HMONG WOMEN. CULTURAL CONNECTEDNESS, AS MEASURED BY HOW WELL PARTICIPANTS UNDERSTOOD
HMONG, WAS POSITIVELY CORRELATED WITH LIFE SATISFACTION.

TITLE: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND FERTILITY OF HMONG IMMIGRANTS IN MINNESOTA. PHD DISSERTATION,
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. YEAR PUBLISHED: 2001. AUTHOR: MARLINE ANN SPRING. PUBLISHER:
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. LENGTH: 212 PAGES. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED DISSERTATION.
DESCRIPTION: THIS WORK IS A DECADE-LONG STUDY OF THE UTILIZATION OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
SERVICES BY IMMIGRANT HMONG WOMEN IN SAINT PAUL, MN. THE RESEARCH DOCUMENTS THE
HISTORICAL, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT HAVE SHAPED THE FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTIVE
BEHAVIOR OF HMONG IMMIGRANTS IN MINNESOTA AND ALSO DISCUSSES WAYS IN WHICH MEDICAL CLINICS
AND COMMUNITIES CAN BETTER RESPOND TO THE SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF THE HMONG AND
OTHER CULTURALLY DIVERSE POPULATIONS. THE STUDY ALSO INCLUDES EXTENSIVE LONGITUDINAL DATA
FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA PERTAINING TO HMONG BIRTHS, FERTILITY, PRENATAL HEALTH CARE
UTILIZATION AND BIRTH OUTCOMES AMONG HMONG WOMEN.

TITLE: THE PROMISED LAND: SOCIOECONOMIC REALITY OF THE HMONG IN URBAN AMERICA, 1976-2000.
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2001. HCC MATERIAL #: 0396. AUTHOR: FUNGCHATOU (LAOTOU) T. LO. PUBLISHER:
BRISTOL, IN: WYNDHAM HILL PRESS. LENGTH: 230 P. DESCRIPTION: TEMPORAL OVERVIEW OF HMONG
SOCIOECONOMIC ADAPTATION IN MILWAUKEE, WI. THE STUDY APPLIES MILTON GORDON'S PARADIGM OF
ASSIMILATION THEORY TO THE SOCIOECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT OF THE HMONG IN MILWAUKEE. THE AUTHOR
EXAMINES HMONG ADAPTATION IN TERMS OF THE SEVEN SUBPROCESSES OF ASSIMILATION THEORY AS
SUGGESTED BY GORDON. THE THEMES INCLUDE: ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
CONFLICTS, CHANGE IN HMONG CULTURE AND TRADITIONS, AND SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS IN
AMERICAN SOCIETY.

Academic Journal Articles

Parker, M. and Kiatoukaysy, L.N. (2001). "Culturally Responsive Health Care: The Example of the Hmong in
America." Optum Care Website (www.optumcare.com), 12 pages.

Parker, M. and Kiatoukaysy, L.N. (2001). "Hmong in America: Culturally Responsive Health Care." Optum Care
Website (www.optumcare.com). 3 pages.

Hones, D.F. (1999). “Making peace: A narrative study of a bilingual (Hmong) liaison, a school and a community.”
Teachers College Record. 101(1): 106-134.

Julian, Roberta. (1998). "'I love driving': Alternative constructions of Hmong femininity in the West." Race, Gender &
Class, 5(2), 30-53.

Trevison, C. (1993). “Changing Sexual Assault and the Hmong.” Indiana Law Review 27: 393-314.

Tapp, N. (1989). “The Impact of Missionary Christianity Upon Marginalized Ethnic Minorities: The Case of the
Hmong.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 20: 70-95.

Tapp, N. (1988). “Geomancy and Development: The Case of the White Hmong of North Thailand.” Ethnos 53: 228-
238.

OUR SUPPORTERS

The Hmong Resource Centre would like to extend its sincere gratitude to its supporters. Foundations and
grantmaking agencies currently providing financial support to the Resource Centre include the Pinewood Trust of
the HRK Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the 3M Foundation, the Medtronic Foundation and the Minnesota
Humanities Commission. The Resource Centre would also like to thank all of the individuals who have joined the
Cultural Center as member-supporters. A complete list of these individuals is posted at www.hmongcenter.org.
Individuals wishing to become member/supporters may drop by the Hmong Cultural Center or fill out the form on the
website and mail it in. Membership is only $5 for one year.