Capstone/Dissertation Title

Hmong second-generation girls, role models and identity

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research questions addressed were: 1) What is the Hmong Women's Circle, and 2) what role, if any, does the Hmong Women's Circle play in helping girls understand themselves, their identities, and their role models? Research on identity development drew from an African American identity development model from Cross and Tatum as well as an Asian American racial identity development model from Kim. Research was conducted in a multi-cultural urban school. Data was found with qualitative observations of the circle, interviews with two participants, and a survey of eight members of the group. The study concludes that while the circle influences the girls positively, they look to their families to find their role models.

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