Hmong adolescents' perceptions of migration to rural areas of Minnesota: familiarizing students with their families' histories of migrations





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The purpose of this study is to determine how familiarizing middle school Hmong students with stories of migration and their own families' migration will help them reflect on their own migration from an urban to a rural setting. In addition, it looks at whether learning and reflecting on this history of migration impacts Hmong students' sense of identity and self-esteem. The research method is qualitative and consists of student journaling, answering migration questions, creating and completing interviews with elders in the Hmong community, small group interviews with students and finally students creating their own story cloths. The main findings are that through the process of exploring and reflecting on their families' migrations, a sense pride and awareness in what is means to be Hmong increase as well as positive view points of students' own migration.

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