University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Hmong Across Borders Conference Program, Friday-Saturday Oct 4-5, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013-Saturday, October 5, 2013
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs



12:00-2:00 PM, Graduate students (UMN and UW) luncheon with keynote speakers, Gayle Morrison and Prasit Leepreecha [attendance by invitation only]

4:00-5:00 PM Gayle Morrison’s Reading of her biography of Jerry Daniels, Hog’s Exit  [Open to the public]


8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks, Cowles Auditorium

Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Minnesota
Mai Na M. Lee, History, University of Minnesota; Ian Baird, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Yang Dao, University of Minnesota, Emeritus
Yang Thai Vang, Zaj Qeej: Keng Song about the Loss of the Hmong Kingdom

10:30 am Keynote Address by Prasit Leepreecha, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Cowles Auditorium

Hmong Across Borders and Borders Across Hmong: Socio-Political and Intellectual Influences Upon Hmong People

11:30 am lunch on your own

12:45 – 2:00 pm


Special Tour of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC)-Southeast Asian Collection
meet in the lobby of IHRC (311 Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S, Minneapolis) by 1 pm

Session 1: Special Issue of the Hmong Studies Journal: Hmong Americans in the 2010 Census, Cowles Auditorium

12:45 pm Hmong Population and Demographic Trends in the 2010 Census and 2010 American Community Survey
Mark Pfeifer, Institute of Technology, State University of New York

1:00 pm Health Disparities Research in the Hmong American Community: Implications for Practice and Policy
Zha Blong Xiong, University of Minnesota; Kari Smalkoski, University of Minnesota; Nancy Herther, University of Minnesota

1:15-2:00 pm Discussion

Moderator: Mark Pfeifer, State University of New York Institute of Technology

2:15 – 3:45 pm Session 2

Panel A: Hmong Gender Productions in a Time of Change, Humphrey Forum

2:15-2:35 PM Thinking Bollywood, Refugee Identity, and Hmong Diasporic Longings
Jigna Desai, University of Minnesota

2:35-2:55 PM Performing Masculinities: The Impact of Cultural Practices, Violence, and (de)segregation on Hmong Male Youth
Kari Smalkoski, University of Minnesota

2:55-3:15 PM Coffee tables, Nyabs, and Lazy Hmong Women: A Figurative History of the Feminine in the Hmong American Literary Movement
Mitchell P. Ogden, University of Wisconsin, Stout

3:15-3:45 PM Discussion

Moderator: Justin Schell, University of Minnesota

Panel B: The Hmong China History Project, Cowles Auditorium

2:15-2:35 pm The Modernization of Paj Ntaub
Crystal Vang, University of Wisconsin

2:35-2:55 pm Analysis of a Hmong Mythical Figure
Choua Xiong, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

2:55-3:15 pm Education and Gender Roles in the Daily Life of the Hmong of China
See Yang, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

3:15-3:45 pm Discussion

3:45-4:00 pm Break

4:00 – 5:40 pm Session 3

Panel A: The Hmong in Thailand: Dreams and Expressions of Ethno-Nationalism, Cowles Auditorium

4:00-4:20 pm The Creation and Contestation of Wat Tham Krabok Space: Monk and Hmong Spatiality and Territoriality
David Chambers, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:20-4:40 pm Presenting a Sensitive History: Different Representations of Hmong Involvement in the Communist Party of Thailand
Ian Baird, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:40-5:00 pm The Art of Being Governed: Managing the Soul of General Vang Pao through the Rituals of Aspirational Statecraft
Jason R. Hickman, Brigham Young University

5:00-5:40 pm Discussion

Moderator: Catherine Solheim, University of Minnesota

Panel B: The Media, the Internet, and Globalization and Shifting Hmong Values, Humphrey Forum

4:00-4:20 pm Internet, Ethnic Movement, and Hmong Diaspora
Tian Shi, Guilin Jinzhong Mountain Tourism Academy

4:20-4:40 pm Hmong Radio and Mobile Phone Connections
Lori Kido Lopez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:40-5:00 pm Making a Profit at What Cost? Sociality and the New Economic Realities Facing Hmong Entrepreneurs in Thailand
Richard Gettys, Brigham Young University

5:00-5:20 pm Unified Worldwide?: Researching Hmong Hip-Hop and Poetry In and Through New Media
Justin Schell, University of Minnesota

5:20 pm Discussion

Moderator: Mitch Ogden, University of Wisconsin, Stout

6:00 pm Banquet for those that have registered, Campus Club, east bank



9:00 – 10:30 Session 1

Panel A: Hmong Health and Identity, Humphrey Forum

9:00-9:20 am Hmong Shifting Paradigms: Shamans, Herbs and MDs and the Conundrum of ‘Cultural Competency’
Va-Megn Thoj, Independent filmmaker

9:20-9:40 am Generational Differences among Hmong Americans
Pa Der Vang, St. Catherine University

9:40-10:00 am We are People Born Tim Ub [afar]: Transcending Diabetes
Mai See Thao, University of Minnesota

10:00-10:20 am Discussion

Moderator: Lisa Sun-Hee Park, University of Minnesota

Panel B: Women and Gender Roundtable, Cowles Auditorium

9:00-9:10 am Chia Vang, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

9:10-9:20 am Ma Vang, University of California-Riverside

9:20-9:30 am Aline Lo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

9:30-9:40 am Nou Yang, Hnub Tshiab, Hmong Women Achieving Together

9:40-9:50 am Yer Chang, Former Legislative Aid to MN State Senator Mee Moua

9:50-10:20 am Discussion

Moderator: Mitch Odgen, University of Wisconsin, Stout

10:20 am Break

10:30 – 11:50 pm Session 2

Panel A: Understanding the Hmong in their Own Contexts, Hmong Forum

10:30-10:50 am Either You are Afraid of Not Having a Doctor in the Mountain or You are Afraid of Having a Doctor in the Hospital’
Kathleen Culhane-Pera, University of Minnesota

10:50-11:10 am The Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Wisconsin Hmong Patient Population
Kevin Thao, University of Wisconsin-Madison

11:10-11:30 am Notes From the Field: Insider Perspective on Conducting Community-Engaged Research With the Hmong
Jennifer Kue, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

11:40 am Discussion

Moderator: Zha Blong Xiong, University of Minnesota

Panel B: What Makes the Miao the Miao?, Cowles Auditorium

10:30-10:50 am Yonglin Jiang, Bryn Mawr College

10:50-11:10 am Jinting Wu, University of Luxemburg

11:10-11:30 am Zujie Yuan, Sichuan University

11:30-11:50 am Discussion

Moderator: Donald Sutton, Carnegie Mellon University

12:00 pm lunch in the Atrium, Karta Thai Restaurant

1:00 pm Keynote address by Gayle Morrison, Cowles Auditorium
Oral History: Opening the Kitchen Door

2:10-3:20 PM Session 3

Panel A: Refugee Archive: Debt and Hmong History, Cowles Auditorium

2:10-2:20 pm Anthology as a Refugee Archive: Re-Chronicling Hmong Histories in How Do I Begin?
Ma Vang, University of California-Riverside

2:20-2:40 pm Forever Indebted: The Obligation to Retell Refugee Flight in Yang’s The ‘Latehomecomer’
Aline Lo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2:40-3:00 pm Hmong Refugee Cosmopolitanism: (Re)Imagining Southeast Asia Through a Stateless Perspective
Chong Moua, University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:00 – 3:20 pm Discussion

Moderator: Mariam Beevi Lam, University of California, Riverside

Panel B: Architectural Space, Design, and Hmong Identity, Humphrey Forum

2:10-2:20 pm Koob Hmoov: Bridging the Cultural Divide Through the Architecture of Transitional Housing
Long Chang, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2:20-2:40 pm Toward Culturally Sensitive Housing: The Hmong Experience in Minnesota
Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, University of Minnesota

2:40-3:00 pm Discussion

Moderator: Mai See Thao, University of Minnesota

3:20-3:30 PM Break

3:30-5:00 PM Session 4

Panel A: Navigating the Tenuous Space Between Past and Future: Hmong Perspectives on Discontinuity from Northern Thailand, Humphrey Forum

3:30 pm This is Like Dying While Still Being Alive: How the Hmong Engage in Street-Level Politics
April Reber, Brigham Young University

3:40 pm Cultural Revision Through Religion: A Messianic Hmong Approach in Northern Thailand
Belinda Ramirez Spencer, Brigham Young University

4:00 pm Where Do the Spirits Reside?: Hmong Sacred Places Now and Then
Krista Rau, Brigham Young University

4:20 pm A Shift in Priorities: The Motivations Behind Hmong Urban Migration in Northern Thailand
Jolysa Segwick, Brigham Young University

4:40 pm Discussion

Moderator: Jason R. Hickman, Brigham Young University

Panel B: First Contact: Hmong Confront the West and Westerners, Cowles Auditorium

3:30 pm Ways of Tracing Roots Back to China: A Critique of Current Western Writings on Ancient Hmong History
Jason Yu-Xiao Long, Guizhou Institute for Advanced Study in Anthropology and Ethnology

3:40 pm U.S. Foreign Policy Toward the Hmong in 1975
Paul Hillmer, Concordia University

4:10 pm Father Bertrais, OMI: The Good Shepard and Anthropologist
Violet Thor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:30 pm The Father Yves Bertrais Collection
Larry Ashmun, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:40 pm Discussion

Moderator: Ian Baird, University of Wisconsin, Madison

5:15-6:00 pm Closing Keynote and Final Remarks, Cowles Auditorium
Bruce Downing, University of Minnesota

Hmong Research–Then and Now

6:15-8:30 pm Optional Happy Hour/Dinner (on own) at the Republic Bar & Restaurant



The event has been made possible thanks to the support of the Luce Foundation, the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Fund for Special EventsAsian American Studies ProgramImmigration History Research Center and Archives (IHRC), the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hmong Studies Consortium, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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