Hmong Politics in Global Context, Spring 2011
Asian American Studies 3920, sec. 3
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45
Wuling Hall 240
Instructor: Her Vang, Luce Foundation Hmong Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Her Vang received his Ph.D in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010. His dissertation, “Dreaming of Home, Dreaming of Land: Hmong Displacements and Transnational Politics” is based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research done in Laos, Thailand, and the United States between 2006 and 2009. His work explores the evolution of Hmong transnational politics in Thailand and the United States after the Vietnam War. It analyzes the intertwined relation between Hmong ethnic and transnational politics, the impact of global and regional politics on Hmong transnational politics, and the role of the Hmong diaspora in the conflict in the homeland. During the fellowship year, he will be researching the role of nostalgia (the longing for home and the “golden” past) and memory of the war on the rise of Hmong transnational politics in the United States.