Hmong Americans Book Co-edited by Monica Chiu

Hmong Americans Book Co-edited by Monica Chiu

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

“Diversity in Diaspora: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First Century” edited by Monica Chiu, UNH associate professor of English, Mark Edward Pfeifer, Kou Yang was recently released. 

This anthology wrestles with Hmong Americans’ inclusion into and contributions to Asian American studies, as well as to American history and culture and refugee, immigrant, and diasporic trajectories. It negotiates both Hmong American political and cultural citizenship, meticulously rewriting the established view of the Hmong as “new” Asian neighbors—an approach articulated, Hollywood style, in Clint Eastwood’s film “Gran Torino.” The collection boldly moves Hmong American studies away from its usual groove of refugee recapitulation that entrenches Hmong Americans points-of-origin and acculturation studies rather than propelling the field into other exciting academic avenues.