ERIC Number: EJ1201420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Countering the Misguided Interpretations of Fashion Shows and Thug Life: A Material-Cultural Analysis of Hmong Father and Son's Experience in School(s)
Kroeger, Janice; Mariyam, Mustary; McTeer, Janis S.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v33 n1 p22-39 2019
Ethnographic methodology across place and time is used to describe the perspectives of one young refugee boy and his father within the son's school experience. The research illuminates the cultural histories of refugee experience through the Pa'Ndau. The social position of visual texts within Hmong quilts in the son's elementary school and ethnographic data of informants are described to amplify the changes and preoccupation in father and son's school participation across time. The authors argue that though the father's volunteerism in a display of Hmong costumes during a Hmong fashion show at the school is authentic to his culture and history, the relative absence of historical details within the curriculum imparts a misguided understanding of place and people to the children present, assisting (inadvertently) the Hmong refugee assimilation to American culture.
Descriptors: Hmong People, Fathers, Sons, Refugees, Student Experience, Elementary School Students, Parent Participation, Clothing, Asian Culture, Family School Relationship, Acculturation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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