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Prizes for Writing from These Roots: The Development of Literacy in an American Immigrant Community

FA-37881-03
Writing from These Roots: The Development of Literacy in an American Immigrant Community
John Duffy, University of Notre Dame

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Prizes for Writing from These Roots: Literacy in a Hmong-American Community (Book)

Outstanding Book Award [link]
Date: 3/15/2009 12:00:00 AM
Organization: Conference on College Composition and Communication [link]
Abstract: Writing from These Roots documents the historical development of literacy in a Midwestern American community of Laotian Hmong, a people who came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War and whose language had no widely accepted written form until one created by missionary-linguists was adopted in the late twentieth century by Hmong in Laos and, later, the U.S. and other Western nations. As such, the Hmong have often been described as "preliterates," "nonliterates," or members of an "oral culture." Although such terms are problematic, it is nevertheless true that the majority of Hmong did not read or write in any language when they arrived in the U.S. For this reason, the Hmong provide a unique opportunity to study the forces that influence the development of reading and writing abilities in cultures in which writing is not widespread and to do so within the context of the political, economic, religious, military, and migratory upheavals classi


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