Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Bostrom, Cheryl

Second Reader

Joellen Ambrose;


The Hmong people have been a part of the United States of America since the 1960s. Three generations of Hmong people have learned to assimilate while balancing their customs and traditions. Older generation Hmong parents want their children to carry on the traditions and customs, as they have done for many years. In schools, there is limited support for Hmong students as the culture is not well known to most teachers and administrators. Hmong students striving for academic success are faced with barriers both academically and culturally. With pressure in the home to uphold cultural practices, and lack of supports in the school system, Hmong students’ must define for themselves what academic success means, and fight for balance between two worlds.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis