Writing from These Roots : Literacy in a Hmong-american Community (Paperback)

Author: Duffy, John M.

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Outstanding Book Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication

Writing from These Roots documents the historical development of literacy in a Midwestern American community of Laotian Hmong, a people who came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War and whose language had no widely accepted written form until one created by missionary-linguists was adopted in the late twentieth century by Hmong in Laos and, later, the U.S. and other Western nations. As such, the Hmong have often been described as "preliterates," "nonliterates," or members of an "oral culture." Although such terms are problematic, it is nevertheless true that the majority of Hmong did not read or write in any language when they arrived in the U.S. For this reason, the Hmong provide a unique opportunity to study the forces that influence the development of reading and writing abilities in cultures in which writing is not widespread and to do so within the context of the political, economic, religious, military, and migratory upheavals classified broadly as "globalization."

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Publisher Univ of Hawaii Pr
Mfg Part# 9780824836153
SKU 223320603
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0824836154
Release Date 7/28/2011
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Univeristy of Hawaii Press
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