HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE OF THE HMONG CULTURAL CENTER NEWSLETTER, VOL. 1, NO. 2

HOURS AND LOCATION

The Hmong Resource Centre is located in the offices of the Hmong Cultural Center at 995 University Avenue,
Suite 214, in Saint Paul, MN. Phone: 651-917-9937. Fax: 651-917-9978. Hours of operation: Monday through
Friday 10 AM- 6 PM. Online Resource Centre Catalog: www.hmongcenter.org. Hmong Resource Centre
Coordinator: Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD. Hmong Cultural Center Executive Director: NaChee Lee.

HOLDINGS

The Hmong Resource Centre includes Hmong language books, children’s storybooks in Hmong and English
along with English language books related to the Hmong, as well as PhD dissertations and MA Theses, academic
journal articles and extensive collections of Hmong-related newspaper article collections from the Minneapolis
Star-Tribune, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Hmong Times, and Asian-American Press newspapers. Tours and
educational activities related to Hmong culture and history are available for groups of 15 persons or less.

RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE COLLECTIONS

TITLE: THE STORY OF THE TURTLE AND THE GIANT HORNBILL. YEAR PUBLISHED: 2000. AUTHORS: GERRY
AND DAVID VUE. ILLUSTRATOR: LENG VANG. PUBLISHER: MINNEAPOLIS, MN: ASIAN PUBLICATIONS.
PHYSICAL FORMAT: HARDCOVER. LENGTH: 32 P. DESCRIPTION: ILLUSTRATED HMONG FOLKTALE IN
ENGLISH AND HMONG.

TITLE: PIGGYBOOK//PHOO NTAWV NPUA. YEAR PUBLISHED: 2001. AUTHOR: ANTHONY BROWNE.
PUBLISHER: MINNESOTA HUMANITIES COMMISSION. LENGTH: 32 P. PHYSICAL FORMAT: PAPERBACK.
DESCRIPTION: BILINGUAL HMONG-ENGLISH EDITION OF A CLASSIC CHILDREN'S STORY PRODUCED BY
THE MINNESOTA HUMANITIES COMMISSION. TRANSLATIONS ARE PROVIDED INTO BOTH THE WHITE AND
GREEN HMONG DIALECTS.

TITLE: ANALYSIS OF CULTURAL BELIEFS AND POWER DYNAMICS IN DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT HEALTH
CARE OF HMONG CHILDREN. MA THESIS. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1989. AUTHOR: KATHLEEN ANN CULHANE-
PERA. PUBLISHER: MINNEAPOLIS, MN: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED
DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 191 P. DESCRIPTION: THIS STUDY INVESTIGATES DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN
MEDICAL FAMILY PRACTICE RESIDENTS AND HMONG PARENTS OVER APPROPRIATE APPROACHES TO
SICK CHILDREN. THESE DISAGREEMENTS ARE ANALYZED BY EXPLORING THE MICRO-LEVEL
EXPLANATORY MODELS OF THE PARTICIPANTS' INTERPRETATIONS OF THE ILLNESS, AND BY EXPLORING
THE MACRO-LEVEL FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THE POWER DYNAMICS INHERENT IN DOCTOR-PATIENT
RELATIONSHIPS, INCLUDING STATE CONTROL EXERTED THROUGH MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS. GENEROUSLY
DONATED TO THE RESOURCE CENTRE BY THE AUTHOR.

TITLE: CHINESE ETHNOGRAPHY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY: MIAO ALBUMS OF GUIZHOU PROVINCE.
PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1995. AUTHOR: LAURA HOSTETLER. PUBLISHER: PHILADELPHIA:
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 405 P.
DESCRIPTION: THIS STUDY PRESENTS A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE CONTENT AND FUNCTIONS OF MIAO
(HMONG) ALBUMS COMPILED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN GUIZHOU PROVINCE IN THE EIGHTEENTH
CENTURY. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ALBUMS, THE CONTENT
AND COMPOSITION OF PAINTINGS INCLUDED, THE BASIS FOR THE ILLUSTRATIONS, THE PREFACES
CONTAINED IN THESE WORKS, THE WAYS MINORITY GROUPS WERE CATEGORIZED AND NAMED IN THE
BOOKS, AS WELL AS THE FUNCTIONS THE ALBUMS SERVED AS ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTS,
COLLECTORS' ITEMS AND GIFTS, AND AS MERCHANDISE IN THE FOREIGN ART MARKET.

TITLE: CROSS-AGE, PAIRED, INTERACTIVE TUTORING: PERSONAL AGENCY, LITERATE BEHAVIORS, AND
METACOGNITION OF HMONG-AMERICAN FIFTH GRADERS. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1998.
AUTHOR: JOHN COTTON LAMB IV. PUBLISHER: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED
DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 349 P. DESCRIPTION: THIS YEAR-LONG STUDY OF FOUR HMONG-AMERICAN
FIFTH GRADE TUTORS ANALYZED THE TUTORS' FIELD NOTE JOURNAL WRITINGS DESCRIBING THEIR
TUTORING SESSIONS WITH FIRST GRADE ANGLO-AMERICAN STUDENTS. RESULTS INDICATED THAT ALL
FOUR TUTORS WROTE LONGER, MORE COMPLEX AND COHESIVE PASSAGES AS THE YEAR WENT ON.
THE TUTORS REFERRED TO CULTURAL ICONS IN THEIR SELECTIONS AND ANALYSES OF READING
MATERIALS. GAINS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS IN LITERACY SKILLS COMPLEMENTED QUALITATIVE
FINDINGS.

TITLE: FACTORS HINDERING AGREEMENT ON A COMMON SCRIPT FOR THE LANGUAGE OF ACADEMIC
COMMUNICATION OF THE HMONG IN CALIFORNIA. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1996. AUTHOR:
JONAS VANG-NA VANGAY. PUBLISHER: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO AND UNIVERSITY OF
CALIFORNIA, DAVIS PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 172 P. DESCRIPTION: THIS
STUDY ASSESSES THE FACTORS THAT HAVE PREVENTED AGREEMENT ON A COMMON SCRIPT FOR THE
LANGUAGE OF ACADEMIC COMMUNICATION AMONG THE HMONG OF CALIFORNIA. FACTORS DISCUSSED
INCLUDE: DIVERGENT GOALS OF COMMUNITY LEADERS, DIFFERING VIEWS OF CLAN LEADERS AND CLAN
MEMBERS AND THE PLETHORA OF HMONG SCRIPTS OF SEEMINGLY EQUAL VALUE.

TITLE: AN INVESTIGATION OF HOW WRITING IN ENGLISH DEVELOPS FOR FOUR HMONG HIGH SCHOOL
BOYS. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1997. AUTHOR: PAULINE SAHAKIAN. PUBLISHER: CALIFORNIA
STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO AND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED
DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 347 P. DESCRIPTION: THIS STUDY EXAMINES TWO BASIC ISSUES: THE FACTORS
THAT CONTRIBUTED TO OR IMPEDED THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE WRITING SKILLS IN
FOUR HMONG HIGH SCHOOL BOYS RESIDING IN CALIFORNIA AND HOW WRITING SKILLS DEVELOPED
OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD FOR THESE SAME FOUR BOYS. CASE STUDIES OF THE FOUR STUDENTS
INCLUDE A DESCRIPTION OF ENTRY TO AMERICA, HOME-LIFE AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCES, DESCRIPTIONS
OF THE BOYS' WRITING PORTFOLIOS, AND AN ANALYSIS OF SAMPLE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND
EXPOSITORY ESSAYS FROM THE FOUR BOYS.

TITLE: RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS, ACCULTURATION, AND MATERNAL
SENSITIVITY IN VIETNAMESE AND HMONG MOTHERS. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1998.
AUTHOR: GWENDOLYN F. FOSS. PUBLISHER: UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED
DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 241 P. DESCRIPTION: THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE IF
POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS, DEPRESSION, AND ANXIETY OCCURRED IN A COMMUNITY SAMPLE OF
VIETNAMESE AND HMONG MOTHERS RESIDING IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. THE STUDY DESCRIBES
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, ACCULTURATION, AND
MATERNAL SENSITIVITY AMONG THE RESEARCH INFORMANTS.

TITLE: SUBJECT AND REPRESENTATION: IDENTITY POLITICS IN SOUTHEAST GUIZHOU. PHD DISSERTATION.
YEAR PUBLISHED: 1996. AUTHOR: SIU-WOO CHEUNG. PUBLISHER: SEATTLE: UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 426 P. DESCRIPTION: THIS
DISSERTATION INVESTIGATES IDENTITY POLITICS AMONG DIVERSE ETHNIC GROUPS IN SOUTHWEST
CHINA WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE MAKING OF THE CONTEMPORARY CHINESE NATION-STATE. IT
EXPLORES THE PROCESSES BY WHICH THESE GROUPS IN AND OUTSIDE OF THE PROVINCE OF GUIZHOU
WERE MERGED TO FORM THE OFFICIAL MIAO (HMONG) ETHNIC MINORITY IN VARIOUS FORMS DURING
THE LATE IMPERIAL PERIOD, THE NATIONALIST REGIME, AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC. IN THE STUDY,
THE AUTHOR GIVES PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE GE ETHNIC MINORITY RESIDING IN SOUTHEAST
GUIZHOU. THE GE HAVE IN VARIOUS WAYS STRUGGLED AGAINST THE OFFICIAL CLASSIFICATION THAT
HAS CONSIDERED THEM AS MIAO SINCE THE 1950s.

TITLE: THE TEXTILES OF MIAO WOMEN AS SOURCES OF INSPIRATION FOR CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION. MA THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA (CANADA). YEAR PUBLISHED: 1994.
AUTHOR: NAIYU CAO. PUBLISHER: EDMONTON, AB: UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. PHYSICAL FORMAT:
BOUNDED DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 87 P. DESCRIPTION: THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESEARCH USES TEXTILE
DESIGN MOTIFS AND TECHNIQUES CREATED BY THE MIAO (HMONG) PEOPLE OF CHINA AS SOURCES OF
IDEAS FOR CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE DESIGN. INFORMATION RELATED TO HMONG TEXTILE MOTIFS,
MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES AND THE SOCIAL/CULTURAL MILIEU OF HMONG TEXTILE PRODUCTION IN CHINA
IS ASSESSED. HMONG TEXTILES FROM SEVEN PROVINCES IN CHINA AS WELL AS ELSEWHERE IN
SOUTHEAST ASIA ARE EXAMINED. IN ADDITION, COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IS EXPLORED AS
A MEANS TO PRODUCE SOME OF THE COMPLEX PATTERNS ASSOCIATED WITH HMONG TEXTILES. THE
USEFULNESS OF SUCH TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPING A SYMBOL LIBRARY OF HMONG TEXTILE MOTIFS
IS ALSO ANALYZED.

TITLE: UNDER THE KNIFE: MEDICAL "NONCOMPLIANCE" IN HMONG IMMIGRANTS. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR
PUBLISHED: 2000. AUTHOR: JUN HU. PUBLISHER: ATLANTA, GA: EMORY UNIVERSITY. PHYSICAL FORMAT:
BOUNDED DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 394 P. DESCRIPTION: THIS DISSERTATION IS A MEDICAL AND
ANTHROPOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF MEDICAL "NONCOMPLIANCE" AMONG HMONG IMMIGRANTS AND
REFUGEES IN INTERACTIONS WITH THE U.S. HEALTH SYSTEM. THE RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED
BETWEEN 1996 AND 1998 IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. EXTENSIVE OBSERVATIONS AND INTERVIEWS FOCUS
ON HEALTH BEHAVIORS, PERCEPTIONS, AND INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE HMONG AND HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS. IN THE FINAL CHAPTER, THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS A MODEL OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
WITH THE GOAL OF PROPOSING PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVING HEALTHCARE AMONG HMONG
AND OTHER MINORITY POPULATIONS.

TITLE: WRITING FROM THESE ROOTS: LITERACY, RHETORIC, AND HISTORY IN A HMONG-AMERICAN
COMMUNITY. PHD DISSERTATION. YEAR PUBLISHED: 2000. AUTHOR: JOHN M. DUFFY. PUBLISHER:
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON. PHYSICAL FORMAT: BOUNDED DISSERTATION. LENGTH: 463 P.
DESCRIPTION: THIS DISSERTATION IS A HISTORICAL STUDY OF LITERACY DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE
HMONG COMMUNITY OF WAUSAU, WISCONSIN. THE STUDY IS BASED ON LIFE-HISTORY INTERVIEWS WITH
HMONG INDIVIDUALS WHO DISCUSSED THEIR LIVES IN LAOS AND THE UNITED STATES AND HOW THEY
LEARNED TO READ AND WRITE. THE AUTHOR EXAMINES THE WAYS THAT THE WRITING OF HMONG-
AMERICANS CAME TO ARTICULATE, APPROPRIATE, AND CHALLENGE THE NOTIONS ABOUT WRITING AND
LITERACY THEY HAD LEARNED. THE AUTHOR ALSO ADDRESSES HOW HMONG REFUGEES IN WAUSAU
USED WRITING AS A WAY TO OFFER MEANINGS OF THEIR OWN IN INTERACTIONS WITH THE INSTITUTIONS
OF MAINSTREAM SOCIETY.

TITLE: HISTOIRE DES MIAO. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1924. AUTHOR: F.M. SAVINA. PUBLISHER: HONG KONG:
IMPRIMERIE DE LA SOCIETIE DES MISSIONS-ETRANGERES DE PARIS. PHYSICAL FORMAT: HARDCOVER.
LENGTH: 304 P. DESCRIPTION: ONE OF THE EARLIEST STUDIES OF THE HMONG CONDUCTED BY A
WESTERNER. SAVINA WAS A FRENCH MISSIONARY WHO WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH THE HMONG. THIS
FRENCH LANGUAGE WORK IS A DISCUSSION OF HMONG HISTORY AND CULTURE IN CHINA, LAOS,
VIETNAM, AND THAILAND. THE BOOK CONTAINS MANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF HMONG RESIDING IN THESE
REGIONS IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. IT ALSO INCLUDES AN INTRIGUING DETAILED MAP OF
HMONG MIGRATION WHICH COORESPONDS WITH SAVINA'S THEORY THAT THE HMONG ORIGINATED IN
PRESENT-DAY IRAQ IN THE MIDDLE EAST, MIGRATED TO THE POLAR REGION AND MADE THEIR WAY
DOWN THROUGH SIBERIA AND THEN CHINA AND EVENTUALLY SOUTHEAST ASIA.

TITLE: UN VILLAGE HMONG VERT DU HAUT LAOS. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1972. AUTHOR: JACQUES LEMOINE.
PUBLISHER: PARIS: EDITIONS DU CENTRE DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE. PHYSICAL FORMAT:
HARDCOVER. LENGTH: 219 P. DESCRIPTION: VERY DETAILED FRENCH LANGUAGE ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY
OF FAMILY LIFE, CULTURAL PRACTICES, AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS IN A HMONG VILLAGE LOCATED IN
LAOS IN THE 1960s.

TITLE: TRIBAL CULTURES OF SOUTHWEST CHINA. YEAR PUBLISHED: 1970. EDITORS: INES DE BEAUCLAIR
AND PROFESSOR LOU TSU-KUANG. PUBLISHER: TAIPEI, TAIWAN: THE ORIENT CULTURAL SERVICE.
PHYSICAL FORMAT: HARDCOVER. DESCRIPTION: A COLLECTION OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL ACCOUNTS OF
THE CULTURE AND LIFESTYLES OF THE HMONG AND OTHER NON-HAN ETHNIC MINORITIES IN SOUTHWEST
CHINA WRITTEN BY CHINESE AND EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS IN THE 1950S.

TITLE: “POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND CANDIDATE EMERGENCE IN THE HMONG-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.” DATE
OF PUBLICATION: 2001. AUTHOR: S. DOHERTY. 28 P. DESCRIPTION: UNPUBLISHED CONFERENCE PAPER,
STUDY OF HMONG-AMERICAN POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN CITIES.

TITLE: “INTERPERSONAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HMONG-AMERICANS: PARALLELS AND VARIATION IN
MICROLEVEL RACIAL INEQUALITY.” AUTHOR: J. HEIN. SOURCE: SOCIOLOGICAL QUARTERLY 41(3): 413-
429. DESCRIPTION: STUDY OF RACE RELATIONS BETWEEN HMONG AND NON-HMONG IN EAU CLAIRE, WI.

HMONG ARTS ARCHIVE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

The Hmong Archive Arts Project consists of an archive of 14 large-scale drawings of Hmong cultural artifacts
including the Hmong musical instruments as well as tools and implements. These drawings feature descriptive
scripts in both Hmong and English, and are contained in 20 X 30 frames. Photos of these drawings may be
viewed at www.hmongcenter.org/

The Hmong Cultural Center is currently seeking businesses and institutions in the Twin Cities area interested in
hosting and financially sponsoring individual artifact drawings on a rotating basis. The posting of one of these
drawings is an excellent way for your institution or business to do its part in educating the public about the cultural
vitality and diversity present in the greater Twin Cities community. Sponsoring institutions or businesses will be
listed on a separate frame which also describes the Hmong Cultural Center's mission. Individual sponsors and
contributors will also be recognized in the Hmong Cultural Center's annual report and on its website. For more
information about possibly sponsoring an archive drawing contact Cheng Vang or NaChee Lee at 651-917-3552.

THE HMONG CULTURAL CENTER THANKS THE HRK FOUNDATION, THE BUSH FOUNDATION, THE 3M
FOUNDATION, THE MEDTRONIC FOUNDATION, AND THE HMONG COMMUNITY FOR THEIR FINANCIAL
SUPPORT OF THE HMONG RESOURCE CENTRE’S PROGRAMS.