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These are excerpts from Hmong in America, a highly illustrated book by Tim Pfaff, published by CVM Press. The book includes a substantial annotated bibliography for scholars. Hmong in America is available from the Chippewa Valley Museum Press.
The Hmong will likely remain unknown to most Americans, yet their experience cuts to the core of American politics, touching upon issues which have been widely debated throughout U .S . history . Under what circumstances should American might be projected overseas? Is it legitimate for the U.S. government to conduct military operations in foreign countries without public knowledge and support? Is it the obligation of the United States to provide a safe haven for refugees/immigrants around the world, as the credo on the Statue of Liberty implies? What is the best way to structure public assistance, so that it empowers the needy to become self-sufficient without creating a permanent "welfare class?" Finally, is it desireable or even appropriate for arriving immigrants to practice and pass down their own cultural traditions? Does this enhance or threaten American culture?
Hmong in America is one outcome of an on-going documentation effort begun in 1991 as a cooperative project conducted by the Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM) and the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA). The HMAA, an organization dedicated to helping Hmong refugees adjust in American society, was responding to the desire by many adults to preserve Hmong history and culture for their children. CVM has a broad mission to preserve the history of the Chippewa Valley and its people and to present their stories to the public.