To begin, I'm still trying to narrow down my topic. I've been doing researching and reading a lot and it has just pointed me more and more in different directions.
I initially wanted to take two short stories written by Hmong Americans about their Hmong American experience and analyze them, in the context of Hmong history, culture, identity. The two literary pieces I chose were "The Two of Us" and "Being a Nyab" because they both addressed the roles of Hmong women and their obligations to the family.
However, as I thought about my focus as the role of Hmong women, I started to think that maybe I can just do a research paper on the construction of the Hmong woman identity and the way it has evolved since the Hmong's arrival in America. I want to look at how Hmong women nowadays balance the expectations of a "traditional" Hmong woman/daughter (house wife) with the expectations of the "contemporary" Hmong woman/daughter (success career woman).
My first concern here is: is this topic narrow enough? I've been looking for secondary sources about Hmong woman, and there is not a lot of stand-alone articles that addresses woman roles. Most discussion about woman are mixed into larger discussion about contemporary Hmong Americans. My second concern: I really want to focus on Hmong American literature and I'm not sure how I can mix Hmong American women back to Hmong American literature. There are Hmong American women writers. In fact, the authors of the two pieces I chose are Hmong American female writers.
Okay, I'm just all over the place. Hopefully y'all can give me some feedback to help filter my ideas and thoughts.