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Offline moonangel

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Book Recommendations - Hmong
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:03:59 PM »
Would love to read anything that is researched or memoir on the following:

1. Hmong history
2. Chinese history that have something to do with Hmong
3. Anything that has anything to do with Hmong Culture

Also, if you watch Hmong movies on YT, link your favorite.  English subtitles preferred but not required.

And, anything else you'd like to share about Hmong people.  :)



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Re: Book Recommendations - Hmong
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 11:38:29 AM »
Amazon has a good selection.

Books by Kao Kalia Yang and Mai Neng Moua would be a good place to start. And I believe Soul Vang just released another book (poetry?) recently. There are more by other authors who aren't Hmong as well. But 2 of the more well known would be Dia's Story Cloth by Dia Cha and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman.



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Re: Book Recommendations - Hmong
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 08:52:57 PM »
Thanks, Lexicon.  Yes, I do know about Amazon, et. al.  Just throwing it out there in case anyone has a good book they'd like to share.  ;)

As for the books you mentioned, I'm not looking for Hmong authors.  I'm looking for Hmong history stuff and culture in reference to research.  Not so much books written about poems or memoirs written by non-Hmong, etc. 

Btw, I've read the Spirit Catches You and I only got 25% in before I couldn't read further.  I felt like the author was pushing some other "Hmong Culture" down my throat.  Saying, "Hmong people have to do things this way and that, etc."  I spent most the time thinking, "I'm Hmong and my family didn't do any of those things," and being offended because people I know who've read it think I'm like the family in the book and I'm having to explain myself that not all Hmong are like that.


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Re: Book Recommendations - Hmong
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 01:09:31 AM »
MA,

My family was also very different from the Lee family in Fadiman's book. However, it was a great resource for learning traditional Hmong shaman customs and practices. That is how I viewed it. Thus, I highly encourage you to read it again since you mentioned that you were interested in learning about Hmong.



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