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"Knowing Who You Are": The Role of Ethnic Spaces in the Construction of Hmong Identities in the Twin Cities
Bodenner, Zachary Jay

2014, Master of Arts (MA), Ohio University, Geography (Arts and Sciences).
The geographic literature has shown that there is a connection between ethnic spaces and ethnic identity formation and persistence. However, by focusing on the Hmong population of Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota, this qualitative research will demonstrate that different types of ethnic spaces play different roles when it comes to these complicated formulations. Ethnic identities are complex, socially constructed phenomena that shift with changing contexts, and are in fact not mutually exclusive; any individual person could identify as a member of multiple ethnic groups. These intricate identities are displayed in ethnic spaces where Hmong individuals showcase, in a variety of ways, embodiments of these identities that are symbolic, commemorative, artistic, bodily, and performative. Ethnic spaces become not only producers and re-producers of identity, but outlets for the expression of identity in all its complicated forms.
Timothy Anderson, PhD (Advisor)
Risa Whitson, PhD (Committee Member)
Brad Jokisch, PhD (Committee Member)
258 p.

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Bodenner, Zachary. ""Knowing Who You Are": The Role of Ethnic Spaces in the Construction of Hmong Identities in the Twin Cities." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio University, 2014. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 24 Jul 2017.

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