Culturally Appropriate Environmental Education: An Example of a Partnership with the Hmong American Community

David N. Bengston, Michele A. Schermann, Foung Hawj, Mai Kia Moua

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A partnership with the Hmong American community produced "The Wildlife and Wilderness Exploration Show," a DVD that puts a modern twist on traditional Hmong storytelling. Key educational messages in the DVD were identified through interviews with Hmong natural resource professionals. The messages are delivered in entertaining segments in the DVD, which was created through collaboration with the Hmong arts and theater community. In contemporary Hmong American culture, DVDs are a popular form of entertainment and cultural learning, making the format appropriate for new refugees and elders with limited English proficiency, as well as the broader and multigenerational Hmong community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Environmental Education and Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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This project was supported by the USDA Forest Service, the National Fire Plan, and the University of Minnesota, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department. The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of the Hmong people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California who shared their experiences and stories which made this project possible. We are especially indebted to the Hmong artists, musicians, and actors who worked days, nights, and weekends to get the DVD produced. Address correspondence to David N. Bengston, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 1992 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. E-mail: [email protected]


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