HMONG RESOURCE CENTER OF THE HMONG CULTURAL CENTER, E-MAIL NEWSLETTER, 2003, NO. 10
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Online Resource Center Catalog: www.
hmongcenter.org/ or www.hmongcenter.com/
2003 ISSUE OF HMONG STUDIES JOURNAL NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE:
The Hmong Resource Center is pleased to announce that the 2003 issue of the Hmong Studies Journal is now
The Hmong Studies Journal is a unique and established peer-reviewed Internet-based 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 published 6 online
issues since 1996. The Hmong Studies Journal is the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the world devoted to
academic studies related to the Hmong diaspora and Hmong culture and history.
Articles in the 2003 issue include:
“Hmong Americans: A Review of Felt Needs, Problems, and Community Development” by Professor Kou Yang,
California State University, Stanislaus.
“The Hmong 'Dab Pog Couple' Story and its Significance in Arriving at an Understanding of Hmong Ritual” by
Professor Dia Cha, Saint Cloud State University.
“Hmong of Germany: Preliminary Report on the Resettlement of Lao Hmong Refugees in Germany” by Tou T.
“Migration of Hmong to Rochester, Minnesota: Life in the Midwest” by Professor Cathleen Jo Faruque, Winona
“Contradictions in Learning how to be Thai: A Case Study of a Young Hmong Woman” by Tracy Pilar Johnson-
Messenger, Teachers College, Columbia University
The Hmong Resource Center thanks the Southeast Asian Archive of the University of California, Irvine for providing
server hosting space for the articles in the 2003 online issue of the journal
The Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center is also pleased to announce that it has recently been
awarded a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment for Community Development of the Saint Paul Foundation to do
a printing of 500 copies of the 2003 issue of the Hmong Studies Journal.
The Hmong Resource Center extends its gratitude to the Asian Pacific Endowment for Community Development
Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation for this important support to the continued development and outreach of the
Hmong Studies Journal and Hmong Studies scholarship.
RECENT RESOURCE CENTER ACQUISITIONS:
Theses and Books
Snook, Randy. (2003). Many Ideas Open the Way: A Collection of Hmong Proverbs. Fremont, CA: Shen’s Books.
An illustrated collection of twenty proverbs from the Hmong cultural tradition. Proverbs are presented in both
Hmong and English with related color photographs.
Culhane-Pera, Kathleen A., Vawter, Dorothy .E., Xiong, Phua, Babbitt, Barbara and Mary M. Solberg. (Editors).
(2003). Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong Families and Western Providers. Nashville:
Vanderbilt University Press. A compilation with numerous articles by different authors providing a comprehensive
overview along with case studies of Hmong physical and mental health. Sections of the work are subdivided into the
following parts: Hmong Health-Related Cultural Beliefs, Practices and Values, Hmong Women’s Health, Hmong
Children’s Health, Hmong and Chronic Disease, Mental Illness and Domestic Violence, and End of Life-Care of
Rockler, Naomi.R. (2003). “Entertainment, the Personal, and the Political: Therapeutic Rhetoric and Popular
Culture Controversies.” The Communication Review 6: 97-115. This article examines community resistance to
racially-based popular culture representations. The author analyzes the controversy surrounding a Minneapolis
metropolitan area radio program that mocked a young Hmong rape victim who committed infanticide.
Yoshihama, Mieko. and Carr, E. Summerson. (2002). “Community Participation Reconsidered: Feminist
Participatory Action Research with Hmong Women.” Journal of Community Practice 10(4): 85-103. This paper
describes the process of planning, developing, and implementing a community-based project with Hmong women in
a large Midwestern city. Combining action and research to forge relationships, identify common goals and garner
resources, the Hmong Women’s Action Project described applied principles of both feminist and participatory action
RECENT RESOURCE CENTER VISITORS:
Recent visitors to the Resource Center have included:
Professor Dia Cha of Saint Cloud State University brought 37 students from her Introduction to Asian American
Studies class to the Resource Center and the Cultural Center for a tour and an educational activity related to
Hmong history and culture.
A youth group from Lao Family Community and Battle Creek Middle School in Saint Paul visited to learn about
Hmong culture and history.
Kathryn McGraw Schuchman from the Center for Cross-Cultural Health and the Multicultural Center for Integrated
Health along with Hli Lo of Westside Community Health Services and Richard Schrei of Tampa, Florida visited the
Resource Center and the Cultural Center to learn about Hmong music and its possible uses in healing with Hmong
9 educational professionals from Chulalangkorn University and Sukothai Thammathirat Open University in Thailand
visited with Dr. Gerald Fry of the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of
Minnesota to learn about Hmong history and culture as well as the Hmong American experience. The Thai visitors
were members of the Fulbright program that has been visiting the University of Minnesota this fall.
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.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN AMERICAN CENSUS INFORMATION CENTER:
The Hmong Resource Center of the Hmong Cultural Center announces the availability of a unique resource at its
offices that will be of interest to researchers, service professionals and community members looking for
socioeconomic and demographic census data pertaining to the Southeast Asian community. The Southeast Asian
American Census Depository provides quick access to researchers of population, socioeconomic, education, and
demographic 2000 census data for Hmong, Cambodians, Lao and Vietnamese in Minnesota, Wisconsin,
Minneapolis, St. Paul, suburban communities, the entire Twin Cities metropolitan area and the U.S. as a whole.
Data available in the census depository include Labor Force Status, Occupational and Industry Distribution,
Median Household Income, Median Family Income, Poverty Status, Educational Attainment, Age Distribution,
Homeownership and Income Distribution. Data breakdowns for most of these variables are also available by gender
and special tabulations may be requested by visitors for more finite geographic areas including Twin Cities
neighborhood census tracts. The Census Depository will be of use to proposal writers, policy analysts, scholars,
students, and others who need detailed information about the demographic and socioeconomic distributions of
Hmong, Cambodians, Lao and Vietnamese in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and elsewhere.
The Census Depository has been developed to support a project between the Hmong Resource Center in St. Paul
and Hmong National Development in Washington D.C. along with Hmong scholars across the U.S. to study Hmong
progress in different regions of the United States using 2000 census data. This project will be the first detailed
assessment of Hmong socioeconomic status, educational progress and demography across the regions of the
United States using 2000 census data. The results will be useful to service providers, the academic community, the
philanthropic community and policymakers.
NEW PAJ NTAUB PROGRAM:
Hmong Cultural Center recently started a Paj Ntaub (Hmong Story Blanket) Cultural Mentorship program providing
small group instruction in traditional Hmong embroidery to children and youth. This is the only program of its kind
currently offered in the Hmong community of the Twin Cities. Enrollment is ongoing for the program. The instructor
is Ms. Kor Xiong. The program runs Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 6 PM at the cultural center. Please
call TxongPao Lee or Mark Pfeifer at 651-917-9937 for more information.
Looking for some traditional Hmong culture to enliven your community event this Fall or Winter? The Hmong
Cultural Center’s Qeej (Traditional Hmong Music) Troupe is available to perform for a fee. Persons interested in
scheduling performances may call Meng Vang at 651-917-9937.
The Hmong Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Programs are supported by grants from the McKnight Foundation, the
Best Buy Children’s Foundation, the Grotto Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the
COMPAS/Medtronic Community Arts Program. Operating grants from the Saint Paul Companies Inc. Foundation
and the General Mills Foundation also help to support the youth programs.
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER RECEIVES STRATEGIC PLANNING GRANT
Hmong Cultural Center has recently received a grant for strategic planning from the Saint Paul Foundation’s
Management Improvement Fund. Over the Fall and Winter, the cultural center will be working with Chia Vang and
Mary Ellen Murphy on developing a new strategic plan for the center. The cultural center thanks the Saint Paul
Foundation for its support of our work in planning for the future of the organization.
CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM UPDATE:
Hmong Cultural Center is pleased to welcome its new Citizenship teacher, Mr. Thai Vang to its staff.
Need information about the citizenship process, study guides or application forms? Extensive citizenship-related
information is available on the Hmong Cultural Center website at www.hmongcenter.org/ The citizenship section of
the website includes examples of typical citizenship interview questions, as well as 100 sample citizenship exam
questions in both the English and Hmong languages. Up-to-date information is also provided about eligibility and
requirements pertaining to the Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 2000.
Hmong Cultural Center is a member of the federal and state funded Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium
Funding supporters of the Hmong Resource Center include the New York and Vermont-based Freeman
Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the 3M Foundation, the Marbrook Foundation, the Pinewood Trust of the HRK
Foundation, the Minnesota Humanities Commission in partnership with the Minnesota State Legislature and the
National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the MAP for Nonprofit’s Technology Partnership Fund supported
by the Saint Paul Companies, Inc. Foundation and the ADC Foundation.