Bamboo among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans

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Of an estimated twelve million ethnic Hmong in the world, more than 160,000 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- ...
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Overview

Of an estimated twelve million ethnic Hmong in the world, more than 160,000 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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873514378
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Mai Neng Moua came to the United States as a refugee from Laos with her family in 1981. A graduate of St. Olaf College, she is the public policy coordinator for the Institute for New Americans and cofounder and editor of Paj Ntaub Voice, the premier Hmong literary journal.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Recovering to the Hills 17
Being Hmong Is Not Enough 22
A Good Hmong Woman 34
Smokes 43
Hmongspeak 47
The Voice 50
Loneliness 51
Slices with a Hmong Knife 53
Walking Manifesto #2 55
Along the Way to the Mekong 57
D.C. 61
Father Died Twenty-five Years Ago 63
Life in Four Short Chapters 64
My Mother Is a Coffee Table 65
My white lover 66
Endstage 67
The Hmong Wall 77
The Shadow that Loved 78
The Garden 83
The True Tale of Yer 88
The Last War Poem 98
Fury 100
Wisdom 101
Hmoob Boy Meets Hmong Girl 104
REM & Dan & Neeg & Dab Neeg 109
Twinkies 111
Extraordinary Hmong 111
Yellow Man's Burden 113
Ms. Pac-Man Ruined My Gang Life 114
Disconnect 122
943 138
The Case of the Red Pens 145
Dreams of a Forgotten Widow 152
Some Old Hmong Woman 153
We Women of the Hmong culture 154
Reflections of My Father 155
A Tropical Garden in the San Joaquin Valley 159
Chino 160
Letter from the Shore of the Dragon River 162
Immunization 165
Retired 166
The American 167
The Last Walk 170
The Lovers: A Halloween Tale of Horror 174
Broken 180
Running Away from Home 181
The Green House 183
Condom Nations 184
Chapter One 186
In Remembrance 187
Spirit Trails 188
Mother's Day 189
My Dad the Mekong and Me the Mississippi 190
Is the Beauty Queen a Real Woman? 192
Contributors 196
Notes 203
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