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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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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

The Struggles of Hmong American High School Boys

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Diversity in Diaspora

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Pa Nhia Lor

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter seeks to contribute to the current gap in research that focuses on the experiences of Hmong American boys and young men. It draws on ethnographic research with Hmong American male high school students to examine the expectations and responsibilities of Hmong boys. The chapter illustrates the ways in which these students must balance family and school obligations. It also illustrates the need to move beyond a singular emphasis on the gender role expectations of Hmong women. Such a focus neglects the pressures faced by young Hmong men to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural maintenance of the family. This chapter highlights the need for more research on the experiences of Hmong American male students and the implications for their academic achievement.

Keywords:   Hmong American boys, family obligations, school obligations, gender role expectations, male students, Hmong American students, academic achievement

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