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Bamboo among the oaks : contemporary writing by Hmong Americans

Author: Mai Neng Moua
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2002.
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Of an estimated twelve million ethnic Hmong in the world, more than 200,000 live in the United States today, most of them refugees of the Vietnam War and the civil war in Laos. Their numbers make them one of the largest recent immigrant groups in our nation. Today, significant Hmong populations can be found in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Michigan, and Colorado, and St. Paul boasts the largest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mai Neng Moua
ISBN: 087351436X 9780873514361 0873514378 9780873514378
OCLC Number: 49519029
Awards: Commended for Minnesota Book Award (Anthology) 2003
Description: ix, 205 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Recovering to the hills / BC --
Being Hmong is not enough / Bee Cha --
A good Hmong woman / True Hang --
Smokes / Sharon Her --
Hmongspeak ; The voice / May Lee --
Loneliness ; Slices with Hmong knife / Kou Lor --
Walking manifesto #2 / Pacyinz Lyfoung --
Along the way to the Mekong ; D.C. ; Father died twenty-five years ago ; Life in four short chapters ; My mother is a coffee table ; My white lover ; Endstage / Mai Neng Moua --
The Hmong wall ; The shadow that loved / Vayong Moua --
The garden / Noukou Thao --
The true tale of Yer ; The last war poem ; Fury ; Wisdom / Bryan Thao Worra --
Hmoob boy meets Hmong girl / Va-Megn Thoj --
REM & Dab & Neeg & Dab Neeg ; Twinkies ; Extraordinary Hmong ; Yellow man's burden ; Ms. Pac-Man ruined my gang life ; Disconnect / Ka Vang --
943 ; The case of the red pens / M.S. Vang --
Dreams of a forgotten widow ; Some old Hmong woman ; We women of the Hmong culture ; Reflections of my father / Mayli Vang --
A tropical garden in the San Joaquin Valley ; Chino ; Letter from the shore of the Dragon River ; Immunization ; Retired ; The American / Soul Choj Vang --
The last walk / Hawj Xiong --
The lovers : a halloween tale of horror / Kao Xiong with Dia Cha --
Broken ; Running away from home ; The green house ; Condom nations / Pa Xiong --
Chapter one ; In remembrance ; Spirit trails / Naly Yang --
Mother's Day ; My dad the Mekong and me the Mississippi / Peter Yang --
Is the beauty queen a real woman? / Kao Yongvang.
Responsibility: edited by Mai Neng Moua.
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Of an estimated twelve million ethnic Hmong in the world, more than 200,000 live in the United States today, most of them refugees of the Vietnam War and the civil war in Laos. Their numbers make them one of the largest recent immigrant groups in our nation. Today, significant Hmong populations can be found in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Michigan, and Colorado, and St. Paul boasts the largest concentration of Hmong residents of any city in the world. In this groundbreaking anthology, first- and second-generation Hmong Americans -- the first to write creatively in English -- share their perspectives on being Hmong in America. In stories, poetry, essays, and drama, these writers address the common challenges of immigrants adapting to a new homeland: preserving ethnic identity and traditions, assimilating to and battling with the dominant culture, negotiating generational conflicts exacerbated by the clash of cultures, and developing new identities in multiracial America. Many pieces examine Hmong history and culture and the authors' experiences as Americans. Others comment on issues significant to the community: the role of women in a traditionally patriarchal culture, the effects of violence and abuse, the stories of Hmong military action in Laos during the Vietnam War. These writers don't pretend to provide a single story of the Hmong; instead, a multitude of voices emerge, some wrapped up in the past, others looking toward the future, where the notion of "Hmong American" continues to evolve. In her introduction, editor Mai Neng Moua describes her bewilderment when she realized that anthologies of Asian American literature rarely contained even one selection by a Hmong American. In 1994, she launched a Hmong literary journal, Paj Ntaub Voice, and in the first issue asked her readers "Where are the Hmong American voices?" Eight years later, this collection -- containing selections from the journal as well as new submissions.

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