This book is intended to help educators to understand the historical and cultural background of the Mong who have migrated from Southeast Asia to the United States since 1976. The Mong as a people have experienced a series of formative episodes up to 2021. This second edition of Mong Education at the Crossroads have been updated with new information since 1999 when it was first published. As new immigrants in the United States, the Mong Americans have encountered tremendous social, cultural, and educational problems during their transition from Mong to Mong Americans. However, during their last four decades and a half in the United States, the Mong have adjusted amazingly and have made significant contributions to the United States. This book has examined their experience through education. This book is designed to be used as a textbook for courses in ethnic studies, Southeast Asian history and culture, Mong history and culture, culture and cultural diversity, and to be used as a case study in comparative and international education, social and cultural foundations of education, and in Mong ethnic studies.
Paoze Thao is professor of linguistics and education at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
Introduction, Terminology and Methodology
Chapter 1: The Mong and Their Cultural Background
Chapter 2: Early Mong History
Chapter 3: Impact of Colonialism and War
Chapter 4: Mong Cultural Adjustment in the United States
Chapter 5: Mong Education in the United States
Chapter 6: Contemporary Issues Facing Mong Americans
Chapter 7: Mong Language Structure and Use: Implications for Mainstream Teachers
Chapter 8: An Open Letter
Resources for Mong Language Materials
About the Author