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Diversity in DiasporaHmong Americans in the Twenty-First Century$
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Mark Edward Pfeifer, Monica Chiu, and Kou Yang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835972

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835972.001.0001

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Civic Values and Political Engagement in Two Hmong American Communities

Civic Values and Political Engagement in Two Hmong American Communities

(p.106) 4 Civic Values and Political Engagement in Two Hmong American Communities
Diversity in Diaspora

Carolyn Wong

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter surveys political and civic activism, examining how Hmong politicians and communities mobilize Hmong American engagement in politics, including an investigation of references to a Hmong cultural reverence for those in governmental positions. To extend understanding of opportunities and challenges for Hmong political engagement, this chapter examines in this study how Hmong Americans themselves describe the nature of their interest in American politics. Interviews of Hmong first-generation immigrants reveal a high regard for political engagement as an avenue to improve the lives of Hmong in the United States. In addition, first-generation immigrants tend to hold aspirations for their children to pursue careers as government officials.

Keywords:   Hmong political engagement, political activism, civic activism, Hmong politicians, government officials, political engagement, American politics

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