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'I Love Driving!' Alternative Constructions of Hmong Femininity in the West


Julian, RD, 'I Love Driving!' Alternative Constructions of Hmong Femininity in the West, Race, Gender & Class: Studies in Australia, Canada and U.S., 5, (2) pp. 30-53. ISSN 1082-8354 (1998) [Refereed Article]


This paper explores the social and cultural construction of femininity among young Hmong women in the western diaspora. Young Hmong women attending high school in the west find themselves located between competing and sometimes contradictory discourses in relation to gender as they are exposed to Hmong cultural ‘tradition’ and western educational values. The paper examines the strategies adopted by young Hmong women in Tasmania, Australia as they attempt to negotiate through competing sets of expectations to construct positive images of Hmong womanhood acceptable to both the local Hmong community and the wider society. It is argued that alternative constructions of Hmong femininity emerging in Australia and the United States challenge the core of Hmong social organization as ‘imagined’ in the West. The empirical and analytical discussion is located within a theoretical framework which focuses on the intersection of class, gender and ethnicity within the context of Australian multiculturalism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Julian, RD (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:13894
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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