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Gendered Dynamics in Hmong American New Media Cultures
October 17, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2016-2017)
Communication Arts, UW-Madison
For over 260,000 Hmong Americans living in the U.S., mobile media now play a key role in maintaining connections and identities. Yet what role are Hmong women playing in shaping the use of these digital media technologies? How are Hmong women able to use media to influence new cultural practices, or to challenge patriarchal conditions? This research project is based on an ethnographic analysis of Hmong women and the groundbreaking ways that they adapt mobile phone technologies to their own specific needs.
Lori Kido Lopez is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate of the Asian American Studies Program and the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She is the author of Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship (2016, NYU), and co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Asian American Media. She is the founder of the national Race & Media Conference and was a recipient of the Outstanding Women of Color Award in 2015.