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ERIC Number: EJ1149768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Hmong History and LGBTQ Lives: Immigrant Youth Perspectives on Being Queer and Hmong
Mayo, J. B., Jr.
Journal of International Social Studies, v3 n1 p79-91 2013
This article highlights some of the cultural barriers that exist for Hmong people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), while placing these barriers in an historical context. It uncovers differences and similarities found between the experiences of queer Hmong youth and the larger population of queer youth living in the United States. Despite the perception that a traditional Hmong culture holds no place for queer Hmong Americans, individuals are finding spaces for acceptance and slowly moving the larger Hmong community to a place of understanding and tolerance. A vital part of this movement is Shades of Yellow (SOY), an organization that supports queer Hmong. The life stories of three of its members inform this study, offering a more nuanced look at the experiences of queer Hmong living in the Midwest. Though few social studies researchers have broached this topic, the new social historians of the 1960s, who centered their research on broad social movements and the contributions of those formerly excluded from the grand historical narrative of progress, opened the door to this conversation within the field.
Descriptors: Hmong People, Homosexuality, Cultural Influences, Barriers, History, Organizations (Groups), Social Studies, Social Change, Social Justice, Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Immigration, Case Studies, Interviews, Group Membership, Family Relationship, Economic Factors, Academic Achievement, Self Concept, Victims
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