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Nearly 49% of Hmong people in the US live in the Midwest, primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to the largest urban population of Hmong Americans. What factors characterized the large migration of Hmong from 1978 through the 1980s, compared to those who arrived after 2000? How are the demographics and interests within these two groups similar in some ways, but also different? How has their agricultural history affected Hmong life in the US and how are different attitudes and interests about the urban experience expressed across generations? Collectively, Hmong in the US are young, with 44% under the age of 18 (2010 US Census). How are youth in this community affecting traditional attitudes, practices, and beliefs regarding education, the role of women, marriage and family, the importance of clan, and many other issues?

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