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5-6-09 HMONG_MIEN_TODAY_web-1 - – festivals of the state...

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Hmong/Mien Today in SE Asia Changing modes of production laws against growing opium crop substitution restrictions on swidden agriculture conflicts with lowlanders (Thailand) Resettlement, national integration relocating villages-Laos building roads, access to markets national assimilation projects schools, Buddhist temples
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Hmong/Mien in SE ASia, cont. “Threats” and cultural remaining Hmong resistance in Laos? human rights violations continuing migration into Thailand forced repatriation/cross- border problems Strategic identity: in Laos, from 47 groups to 3 marketplace, muting identity
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Unformatted text preview: – festivals of the state Strategies for Survival • Global connections – Remittances from abroad privately financed development – Small businesses – Tourism (backpackers, family) • Needlework transformations – producing for local tourist market – producing for global intraethnic market Hmong/Mien in U.S. • U.S. State Department resettlement policy • Secondary migration & reunite families, clans (central Calif.) • Tertiary migration± welfare reform; social, economic, political opportunities (Minnesota) • Community issues: visibility, cultural misunderstandings, racism...
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