Spring 2011 Hmong Conference at Madison

Hmong in Comparative Contexts Conference
Conference Schedule – Final
Friday, March 4, 2011 – Sunday, March 6, 2011
Organized by:
The Hmong Studies Consortium
University of Wisconsin-Madison/University of Minnesota
Convened at:
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rm 206, Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI

For issues related to academic matter related to conference presentations and organization, please contact Dr. Ian Baird, ibaird@wisc.edu

Friday, March 4, 2011

Time Title Author(s)/Presenter Panel
11:00-12:00 Conference Registration. All non-presenters should confirm their attendance in advance, at:


On-site registration will be allowed provided that there are open seats

Presenters and Non-Presenters
12:00-1:15 pm Wartime Identities and
National Scholarly Frameworks: Northern Laos and the Long 1970s
Hjorleifur Jonsson Friday Forum Presentation: Introduced by Ian Baird
1:45-2:45 pm Lunch at a Restaurant on State Street Open
2:45-4:45 pm Open house for Father Yves Bertrais Collection at library Larry Ashmun and others


5:00-5:15 pm The Father Yves Bertrais Collection


Larry Ashmun Father Bertrais Panel

Moderator: Larry Ashmun

5:15-5:30 pm From Orality to Textuality: The Meaning of Writing Chong Moua Father Bertrais Panel
5:30-5:45 pm Contesting Illiteracy and Literacy: Hmong Romanized Popular Alphabet and Pahawh MaiGer Moua Father Bertrais Panel
5:45-6:00 pm The (H)mong of French Guiana, a Homogeneous Community? Cho Ly Father Bertrais Panel
6:00-6:30 pm Questions/discussion Open Father Bertrais Panel
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner Dinner provided for all participants. There will be a US$15 fee for dinner for registered non-participants
7:30-8:30 pm State, Hmong and Markets: A Comparison between “Ethnic Markets”, Luang Phrabang (Laos) and Sapa – Bac Ha (Vietnam) Christian Culas Keynote Presentation: Moderated by Ian Baird
8:30-9:00 pm Discussion Open Keynote Presentation


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Time Title Author(s)/Presenter Panel
8:00-8:20 am Lub Txhawb Nqa: Survey of Hmong Parents’ Educational Encouragement


Pa Her Gender and Parents/Students: Moderated by Carol Compton
8:20-8:40 am Niam lo lus rau siab: Hmong Mothers’ Support Hmong Research Team: Pa Her, Pahoua Thao, Shee Yee Chang, Douachong Lee, Maimoua Xiong, Michelle Xiong Gender and Parents/Students
8:40-9:00 am Hmong Youth and Mediated Agency: A Contextual and Gendered Response to Assimilation Bao Lo Gender and Parents/Students
9:00-9:20 am Discussion Open Gender and Parents/Students
9:20-9:40 am Break
9:40-10:00 am Revolutionary Legacies and Socio-Cultural Challenges in Upland Laos: The Hmong and the ‘Lao Multi-ethnic People’ of Viengxay, Houaphan Province Oliver Tappe Laos: Moderated by David Chambers
10:00-10:20 am Pathet Lao Distant Memories: A Public War Inside the Secret War Bruce Pamperin Laos
10:20-10:40 am Hmong Agricultural Transformations and Different Scales of Networks:

Preliminary Findings

Pao Vue and Ian G. Baird Laos
10:40-11:00 am Discussion Open Lao
11:00-11:10 am The Hmong Studies Consortium (UW-Madison, UM-Twin Cities) Michael Cullinane and Mai Na Lee (5 minutes each) Hmong Consortium discussion:

Moderated by Ian Baird

11:10-11:40 am Discussion Open Hmong Consortium discussion
11:40 am – 1:00 pm Lunch Open


1:00-1:20 pm Peacemakers or Peace-wreckers: The Lao Hmong Diaspora in Homeland Conflicts Her Vang Rebels and Refugees: Moderated by Pao Vue
1:20-1:40 pm Hmong in Comparative Contexts: Reinserting Non-Hmong Actors into Political and Military Resistance Organizations Opposed to the Lao PDR Government Since 1975 Ian G. Baird Rebels and Refugees
1:40-2:00 pm No Meo Wanted: Shifting Views on Hmong “Worthiness” for Resettlement to the U.S. Paul Hillmer Rebels and Refugees
2:00-2:20 pm A Refugee-Centered Perspective on Refugee Protection Reform: The Case of the Lao Hmong Refugees in Thailand My Lo Rebels and Refugees
2:20-2:40 pm Discussion Open Rebels and Refugees
2:40-3:00 pm Break
3:00-3:20 pm Statelessness: Highland People in Northern Thailand Kim Moua Upland Peoples and the State: Moderated by Scott Christopherson
3:20-3:40 pm How the Lisu from Yunnan Became Southeast Asian Kathleen A. Gillogly Upland Peoples and the State
3:40-4:00 pm Hmong Vernacular Space in the Context of the Thai Royal “Hill-Tribe” Project Lynne M. Dearborn Upland Peoples and the State
4:00-4:20 pm Who are the Hosts: The Miao Village Tours in Fenghuang, China Xianghong Feng Upland Peoples and the State
4:20-4:40 pm Discussion Open Upland Peoples and the State
4:40-5:20 pm Refreshments


5:20-5:30 pm To Zomia or Not to Zomia? Critical Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives Mai Na Lee Zomia: Roundtable Session: Moderated by Jacob Hickman
5:30-5:40 pm To Zomia or Not to Zomia? Critical Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives Hjorleifur Jonsson Zomia: Roundtable Session
5:40-5:50 pm To Zomia or Not to Zomia? Critical Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives Faith Nibbs Zomia: Roundtable Session
5:50-6:00 pm To Zomia or Not to Zomia? Critical Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives Jacob R. Hickman Zomia: Roundtable Session
6:00-7:30 pm Discussion Open Zomia: Roundtable Session

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Time Title Author(s)/Presenter Panel
9:20-9:40 am Hmong Americans, Literacy, and the Rhetoric of Community Ethics Antonia Massa-MacLeod Language and Literature: Moderated by Bruce Pamperin
9:40-10:00 am Transcending Traditions: Reading Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer as Testimonio Aline Lo Language and Literature
10:00-10:20 am What Type of (H)mong Will Our Descendents Learn? Cho Ly Language and Literature
10:20-10:50 am Discussion Open Language and Literature
10:50-11:10 am Break


11:10-11:30 am The Social Meanings of Hmong Farming in the U.S. Midwest Hui Niu Wilcox Hmong American Identity and Contemporary Cultural Practices: Moderated by Lynet Uttal
11:30-12:00 am Looking Back/Looking Forward: Generations of Hmong American Masculinities (two part presentation) Kari Smalkoski and Pao Lee Hmong American Identity and Contemporary Cultural Practices
12:00-12:20 am Hmong Culture Meets Christianity: Identity Management by Hmong Females in Nightclubs Khou Vue and Pao Lee Hmong American Identity and Contemporary Cultural Practices
12:20 am -12:50 pm Discussion Open Hmong American Identity and Contemporary Cultural Practices