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"A self-discovery adventure" : the influence of American wilderness on Hmong refugee identity formation

by Hedlund, Rachel

Abstract

Although there is an emerging body of literature on ethnic groups and natural resource use in America, there is not much research regarding specific ethnic groups and their interactions with the American wilderness. This thesis explores the relationship between the American social constructions of wilderness and a specific refugee population in America—the Hmong people. Interviews were conducted with participants in the Twin Cities of Minnesota with conversations focusing on identity and wilderness interactions. These interviews revealed that the Hmong, a Southeast Asian people with a deeply rooted connection to nature interact with the wilderness in ways that differ from the American norm. Yet, through segmented assimilation, younger generations of Hmong have also acculturated to the American perception of wilderness as a place of self-discovery.

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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:5984
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
52 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Wong, Sandi
Department/Program
Sociology
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2012