‘Who am I?’ Hmong youth face choices in religion and culture

Hmong-American teens in Fresno, coming from a minority ethnic group with a history of being refugees, try to reconcile their “American” social identities with the religious customs of their families.  Some are ready to forget about animism and shamanism, while others value those practices. Others think that young people need to connect with their roots and regain their “Hmongness.”  We hear from a group of Fresno Hmong high school students, and some from an older generation, about their experiences as the new Hmong generation.  “Believing in animism is a traditional perspective. You are born into a family, they are animists, so you are just animist. Right now people start to question that.”  The story was a collaboration between KVPR’s Valley Edition and The Know Youth Media.


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