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Hmong Means Free: Life in Laos and America (Asian American History & Culture)

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Publisher Comments:

This collection of evocative personal testimonies by three generations of Hmong refugees is the first to describe their lives in Laos as slash-and-burn farmers, as refugees after a Communist government came to power in 1975, and as immigrants in the United States. Reflecting on the homes left behind, their narratives chronicle the difficulties of forging a new identity.

From Jou Yee Xiong's Life Story: 

"I stopped teaching my sons many of the Hmong ways because I felt my ancestors and I had suffered enough already. I thought that teaching my children the old ways would only place a burden on them."

From Ka Pao Xiong's (Jou Yee Xiong's son) Life Story: 

"It has been very difficult for us to adapt because we had no professions or trades and we suffered from culture shock. Here in America, both the husband and wife must work simultaneously to earn enough money to live on. Many of our children are ignorant of the Hmong way of life…. Even the old people are forgetting about their life in Laos, as they enjoy the prosperity and good life in America."

From Xang Mao Xiong's Life Story: 

"When the Communists took over Laos and General Vang Pao fled with his family, we, too, decided to leave. Not only my family, but thousands of Hmong tried to flee. I rented a car for thirty thousand Laotian dollars, and it took us to Nasu…. We felt compelled to leave because many of us had been connected to the CIA…. Thousands of Hmong were traveling on foot. Along the way, many of them were shot and killed by Communist soldiers. We witnessed a bloody massacre of civilians."

From Vue Vang's Life Story: 

"Life was so hard in the [Thai refugee] camp that when we found out we could go to the United States, we did not hesitate to grasp the chance. We knew that were we to remain in the camp, there would be no hope for a better future. We would not be able to offer our children anything better than a life of perpetual poverty and anguish."

Synopsis:

Three generations of Hmong refugees expose the trauma and the joy of their lives 

About the Author

Sucheng Chan, Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is general editor of Temple's Asian American History and Culture Series.

Table of Contents

Contents

Illustrations 

Preface 

Acknowledgements 

Personal and Place Names 

Introduction: The Hmong Experience in Asia and the United States 

1. The Xiong Family of Goleta 

2. The Xiong Family of Lompoc 

3. The Fang Family of San Diego 

4. The Tcha Family of Fresno 

5. The Maua Family of Sanger 

Notes to the Introduction 

Selected Bibliography 

Notes on the Editor and Transcribers/Translators

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566391634
Author:
Chan, Sucheng
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Author:
Chan, Sucheng
Location:
Philadelphia :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Assimilation (sociology)
Subject:
Laos
Subject:
Hmong Americans -- Cultural assimilation -- California.
Subject:
Hmong (Asian people) -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Hmong Americans.
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Hmong
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Immigrants -- California.
Subject:
Hmong (Asian people) -- Laos.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Asian American History & Culture
Series Volume:
no. 66
Publication Date:
19940431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
267
Dimensions:
9.00x6.04x.74 in. .91 lbs.

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