Thesis

Hmong women's attitude towards higher education: what is a hyper-educated NYAB?

From Central Asia surviving great battles, war, migrating to the mountains of
 Laos and resettlement in Thailand to the United States, the Hmong people have come a
 long way. Living in the United States the Hmong elders have resisted assimilation fearing
 that their children would lose all family traditions and values. The younger generations
 quickly acculturated transforming from traditional roles taking on new opportunities
 while living in the United States. Hmong daughters and nyabs are choosing to go against
 what people from rural Laos view as an unchangeable tradition, of following the path of
 getting married young and having as many children as possible. This thesis explores the
 contested nature of the Hmong women’s identity and their roles as it was back in their
 homeland, their struggles assimilating in the United States and their influences to pursue
 or not pursue higher education.

From Central Asia surviving great battles, war, migrating to the mountains of Laos and resettlement in Thailand to the United States, the Hmong people have come a long way. Living in the United States the Hmong elders have resisted assimilation fearing that their children would lose all family traditions and values. The younger generations quickly acculturated transforming from traditional roles taking on new opportunities while living in the United States. Hmong daughters and nyabs are choosing to go against what people from rural Laos view as an unchangeable tradition, of following the path of getting married young and having as many children as possible. This thesis explores the contested nature of the Hmong women’s identity and their roles as it was back in their homeland, their struggles assimilating in the United States and their influences to pursue or not pursue higher education.

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