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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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Hmong Americans

Hmong Americans

The Conceptualization and Experience of Aging in the United States

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Diversity in Diaspora

Linda A. Gerdner

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter interviews aging Hmong Americans who express concern over their dependency upon others in their old age, social isolation, sedentary living, and the lack of financial autonomy, all challenges extant in American life but virtually nonexistent in Laos, where small agrarian villages provide a practical, collective means of caring for the elderly. The chapter reports on a portion of qualitative findings from a larger ethnographic study whose overall purpose was to explore the conceptualization and experience of aging, identify primary health concerns of elder Hmong Americans, identify informal and formal care structures, and explore major issues of concern identified by caregivers. The findings reported here thus focus on the conceptualization and experience of aging.

Keywords:   aging experience, aging Hmong Americans, elder Hmong Americans, health care structures, elderly care

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