Hmong Studies Consortium Lecture: Bao Xiong

Virtual

Transnational marriage between Hmong American and Hmong Thai/Lao is a controversial topic in the Hmong community because of the many conflicts associated with it: polygamy, abusive international marriage, domestic violence, etc. Anecdotally, Hmong Thai/Lao women who married Hmong American men are given two dominant negative narratives by the larger Hmong American community. These women are portrayed as either victims being exploited by old Hmong American men or as calculating women taking advantage of old unintelligent Hmong American men...

Hmong Studies Consortium Lecture: Gary Yia Lee

Virtual

Hmong history has sprawled its fair share of messianic movements during the last 300 years, especially since the Hmong have come into contact with Christianity. There are currently more than 3 messianic Hmong groups operating around the world: one in Thailand, one in Australia and a number of splinter factions associated with the Hmong Chao Fa Kingdom in the USA. Western academics such as Tapp, Michaud, Baird, Culas, Rumsby and Hickman have been active in researching and writing about them, giving the subject matter different interpretations and emphasis, some so much so that reading them gives one the impression that most Hmong have nothing better to do than dressing up in bizarre costumes, adopting colorful flags with strange symbols, dreaming of an imagined glorious past and wishing to bring it to life in the present with their own king...

Hmong Studies Consortium Lecture: Ia Xiong

Virtual

The divides in the Hmong American community appear greater and more pronounced than ever. They are experienced in intergenerational conflict, gender-based violence, and religious and political differences. While differences are normal in the makeup of any community, there has been much criticism of Hmong culture to explain the growing discord in the community that may exacerbate internalized oppression. This presentation...