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Resettlement Assistance Office. ThangTien. Wisconsin Ways. (Madison, 19751976) http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1285 and “Report to the Governor: … on Problems of Wisconsin’s Spanish Speaking Communities.” http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1262

Vocabulary: Unfamiliar words are defined at www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

Student Activities:

1. In what country does the Hmong girl’s memoir begin? What countries does she live in or pass through before reaching the U.S.?

  • 2.

    Explain in your own words why the writer and her family are refugees.

  • 3.

    The writer and her family had to begin their journey to Thailand with flashlights and

“hid in caves by day and continued [their] trip by night.” What does this single fact imply

about their journey?

4. The writer mentions that her mother is reluctant to leave family and friends in her home country. Is immigrating harder for adults than for children? Why or why not?

5. The writer mentions many shocking incidents, often very matteroffactly. Why do you think she recounts these scenes without a great deal of emotion?

6. Compare this narrative with other journeys you’ve learned about in history or in books you’ve read on your own. You may want to consult the short Wisconsin immigrant memoirs at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/tp018/. What things were the same for earlier immigrants as for the Hmong author? What things were different?

7. Explain who created the newsletter “Thangtiên. Wisconsin ways” and why. Compare the kinds of advice given in issue 1 and issue 2 of that newsletter. What must the editors of it have realized after the first issue had been distributed?

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1,8.3, 8.10

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.2, 12.13


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