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How Hmong Americans Break Political Ground by Voting Together

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 13, 2017. 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Meeting Location: 
CCSRE conference room, Building 360
CORE: Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity
Meeting Description: 

 Join Dr. Carolyn Wong for a talk about her recently published book, Voting Together. After the talk, Dr. Wong will also host a brief seminar on selected excerpts of her book.

 Hmong American immigrants first came to the United States as refugees of the Vietnam War. Forty years on, they have made a notable impact in American political life. They have voter participation rates higher than most other Asian American ethnic groups, and they have won seats in local and state legislative bodies. 

 In her book, Voting Together, Carolyn Wong analyzes how the Hmong came to pursue politics as a key path to advancement and inclusion in the United States. Drawing on interviews with community leaders, refugees, and the second-generation children of immigrants, Wong shows that intergenerational mechanisms of social voting underlie the political participation of Hmong Americans. 

The talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.