Midwestern and Hmong

In “To Be Both Midwestern and Hmong” from The Atlantic, Doualy Xaykaothao argues that Hmong people still struggle for acceptance in Wisconsin. With that in mind, answer the following questions:

  • What happens in the opening paragraphs of the article? Why do you think Xaykaothao opens with this scene? How does it impact your reading of the rest of the article?
  • Why does Xaykaothao provide background who the Hmong are and how they came to the US?
  •  Xaykaothao cites an earlier article (1994) written by Roy Beck. What is the purpose of her examining this article? How does it support her claims?
  • Why does Xaykaothao share the example of Dylan Yang in her article? 
  • How does the conclusion leave you? 

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