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Voting TogetherIntergenerational Politics and Civic Engagement among Hmong Americans$
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Carolyn Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782234

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782234.001.0001

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Citizenship and Participation

Citizenship and Participation

(p.1) One Citizenship and Participation
Voting Together

Carolyn Wong

Stanford University Press

Chapter One introduces the general argument developed in subsequent chapters. In Hmong American communities, political participation arises and deepens through inter-generational social mechanisms of voting. The process is aided by local institutions that educate newcomers in participatory skills and aid reconstruction of identity narratives. Present-day notions about citizenship rights and a desire for political inclusion are influenced by the Vietnam War experience of the Hmong Americans and their status as stateless refugees after the war. The relatively low levels of social-economic attainment of the Hmong Americans compared to other Asian Americans helps explain the motivation to participate in politics to press for public policy that would address poverty and educational reform

Keywords:   political participation, participatory citizenship, intergenerational communication, collectivist traditions, egalitarian values, community-based learning, place-based analysis

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