Countering the idea of Hmong women as victims, the contributors to this pathbreaking volume demonstrate how the prevailing scholarly emphasis on Hmong culture and men as the primary culprits of women's subjugation perpetuates the perception of a Hmong premodern status and renders unintelligible women's nuanced responses to patriarchal strategies of domination both in the United States and in Southeast Asia.Claiming Place expands kwledge about the Hmong lived reality while contributing to broader conversations on sexuality, diaspora, and agency. While these essays center on Hmong experiences, activism, and popular representations, they also underscore the complex gender dynamics between women and men and address the wider concerns of gendered status of the Hmong in historical and contemporary contexts, including deeply embedded tions around issues of masculinity.Organized to highlight themes of history, memory, war, migration, sexuality, selfhood, and belonging, this book moves beyond a critique of Hmong patriarchy to argue that Hmong women have been and continue to be active agents t only in challenging oppressive societal practices within hierarchies of power but also in creating alternative forms of belonging.Contributors: Geraldine Craig, Kansas State U; Leena N. Her, Santa Rosa Junior College; Julie Keown-Bomar, U of Wisconsin-Extension; Mai Na M. Lee, U of Minnesota; Prasit Leepreecha, Chiang Mai U; Aline Lo, Allegheny College; Kong Pha; Louisa Schein, Rutgers U; Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, U of Connecticut; Bruce Thao; Ka Vang, U of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Chia Youyee Vang is associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, where she is founder and director of the Hmong Diaspora Studies Certificate Program. Faith Nibbs is founding director of the Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project. She is author of Belonging: The Social Dynamics of Fitting In as Experienced by Hmong Refugees in Germany and Texas and co-editor of Identity and the Second Generation: How Children of Immigrants Find Their Space. Ma Vang is assistant professor of critical race and ethnic studies at the University of California--Merced.