Applying Anti Oppressive, Empowerment, and Strengths Based Approaches to Social Work Practice with Hmong Clients

  • Serge C Lee California State University, Sacramento, United States
  • Cindy Vang University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States
  • Jenny Chang Southern New Hampshire University, United States
  • Pa Der Vang St. Catherine University, United States
Keywords: social work practice with Hmong, Hmong culture, anti-oppressive framework, strength based, empowerment

Abstract

This conceptual article discusses social work practice with Hmong Americans using a framework that embraces anti-oppressive practice, empowerment and strengths-based approaches. Specifically, the Hmong kinship social construct of kwv tij neej tsa (pronounced: ku tee ning ja) is used to elaborate on the importance of upholding family relationships that transcends the worker-client relationship. Social workers are encouraged to empower Hmong to seek and ask for resources that support their collective value of connection to family and group identity, which is a strength that contributes to resilience and buffers against historically oppressive practices and systems.

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Author Biographies

Cindy Vang, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States

Assistant Professor

Jenny Chang, Southern New Hampshire University, United States

Adjunct Faculty

Pa Der Vang, St. Catherine University, United States

Associate Professor

Published
2021-10-16
How to Cite
Lee, S., Vang, C., Chang, J. and Vang, P. D. (2021) “Applying Anti Oppressive, Empowerment, and Strengths Based Approaches to Social Work Practice with Hmong Clients”, Asian Social Work Journal, 6(5), pp. 11 - 20. doi: https://doi.org/10.47405/aswj.v6i5.182.
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