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This paper is based on a presentation made at the International Literacy Year Colloquium in October 1990,
in Washington, D.C. It addresses the strategies employed by people uprooted from Southeast Asia
and adjusting to a new life in the United States. The social context of literacy is discussed
by showing the coping strategies of three Hmong people. Next, learning English through intergenerational
relationships is discussed. Then an agenda for the nineties is proposed. This involves:
The paper closes with a challenge to all of us to use literacy to become intergenerational healers in our work.