1st Edition

Cultural Conflict & Adaptation

    First published in 1990. The Hmong people, with a total population of about 5 million, have a long history of statelessness and migration. During the last century, groups of Hmong moved from southern China into Indochina and, as war refugees, about 90,000 have come to America in the last thirteen years. This book examines the alienation and cultural conflicts faced at school by the children of a small group of Hmong who have settled in La Playa, California. The education process for these children is an example of cultural conflict and adjustment patterns which may be found in many other populations in the world. The implications for educators of immigrant populations, who face and resolve cultural conflict as they learn to respect and appreciate their culture, is far-reaching and an important contribution in a highly mobile world.

    Culture conflict and the American dream; ethnohistory of the Hmong people; the Hmong at La Playa; becoming American through schooling; seven "learning disabled" Indochinese - institutional approach to children facing culture conflict; culture and minority achievement - implications for research and instructional practice.


    Henry T. Trueba, Lila Jacobs, Elizabeth Kirton