University of Wisconsin–Madison

SEASSI Lecture Series: Kong P. Pha

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2017-07-05 15:00 - 16:00

Rethinking Equality: Legibility, Belonging, and the Politics of Marriage in Minnesota

Presented by Kong P. Pha, PhD Candidate in American Studies, University of Minnesota.

Abstract: In 2012, a ballot initiative was enacted in Minnesota in order to determine whether or not residents wanted to define marriage as being a union between one man and one woman. Opponents and proponents both established gigantic campaigns on their respective sides. Minnesotans United for All Families was the organization established to defeat this ballot imitative. I was involved in the efforts to defeat of the ballot imitative with several other queer and allied activists, organizers, and community members. Through my ethnographic and activist participation, I examine the efforts of queer Hmong American youths in defeating this ballot imitative. In doing so, I show how queer Hmong American youths are remaking the very notions of queerness, gender, and sexuality in relation to Hmong American social and political belonging at the dawn of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S.

This lecture is free and open to the public.