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10/17/2017 2:03:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lori Lopez Researches Hmong Media

By Amy Doeun

Dr. Lori Lopez, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, and a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison has always had an interest in the media. "My interest in this topic is from being in media - pop culture. It is where we form our identities and learn about what is going on in the world." But for many minorities their portrayal in pop culture features many misrepresentations at best. How are people fighting against that? "Media activism," as Lopez describes it, has been a driving force in her research.

Lopez is American Asian, and since moving to Wisconsin six years ago she has become very familiar with the Hmong population in the area. "Many of my students and colleagues are Hmong." She has already written several books including Asian American Media Activism and her new project is focusing on Hmong media.

"The Hmong have been very innovative in their use of media. In addition to newspapers, TV programming and radio, there are broadcast shows that are international and very creative." Digital programs, podcasts, and YouTube has changed the way that Americans communicate and has given minorities tools for reaching a variety of audiences.

Lopez went on to say that Hmong use of media has a secondary purpose. "It is important because a lot of people don't know anything about the Hmong."

Hmong Times is pleased to have been part of her research as you look at the different ways that this minority community is sharing information with each other and educating the world about who they are.

Lopez said that since the Hmong are a small group in the nation, she doesn't think that there will be a nationwide media offering, at least not in the traditional sense. But through innovation and technology, the Hmong are setting an example of how minorities can engage the pop culture through "media activism." She hopes to complete her research this year and will then be looking into publishing a book on her findings.

St. Paul, MN



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