Synopses & Reviews
A massive wave of immigration is currently sweeping across the US How do new immigrants, specifically the Hmong refugees from Laos, assimilate?KEY TOPICS: This book first traces the stages of the Hmong refugee experience and then looks at how Hmong families are adjusting and adapting to their new lives in America. From a family-centered focus, the reader gains an appreciation for how the Hmong see their own adaptational process and how they represent and define their Hmongness in America. Sociologists and anthropologists. Part of the New Immigrants Series.
Table of Contents
All Chapters conclude with “Endnotes.”
1.Refugee Resettlement and the Hmong.
Who are the Hmong?
The Impact of the Hmong in Wausau.
The Wausau Community.
The Hmong in Context of the Indochinese Refugee Diaspora.
Fieldwork among the Hmong.
Wider Connections Beyond Wisconsin.
2.The Refugee Experience.
Exodus from Laos.
Refugee Camp Experiences.
Early Resettlement Experiences.
Consumer Goods and Consumption Behavior.
Educational Goals and Aspirations.
The Ethnic Community.
Hmong and Non-Hmong Interaction.
5.Work and Ethnic Enterprises.
Unemployment, Welfare, and Self-Sufficiency.
Employment in Wausau.
Agricultural Labor and Women's Work.
Ethnic Businesses and Enterprises.
Women and Ethnic Enterprises.
6.Hmong Views on Self-Sufficiency.
Gardening Practices and Self-Sufficiency.
Fishing and Hunting.
7.From Story Cloth to Video: Visions of the Future.
Categories of Hmong Videos.
Dispelling Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric.