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Mai See Thao

Department of Anthropology
University of Minnesota
thaox491@umn.edu

     Mai See Thao is a PhD Candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research interests are chronic illness, haunting, ethnic consciousness, and transnationalism. Mai See’s current dissertation research project examines the experiences of type 2 diabetic Hmong-Americans as they are shaped by the specter of the Homeland. Rather than the biomedical narratives of diet and exercise, Mai See explores the materialization and transubstantiation of the Homeland within everyday diabetic experiences, transnational medical consumption, and return migrations to Laos and Thailand by diabetic Hmong-Americans. Her overall goal is to understand how claims to health, life and death are tied up with notions of sovereignty.

 

 

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