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A People's History of the Hmong

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Over the centuries, the Hmong have called many places home, including China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and most recently France, Australia, and the United States. Their new neighbors, though welcoming, may know little about how they have come to these places or their views on relationships, religion, or art. Now, in A Peopls's History of the Hmong, representative voices offer their community's story, spanning four thousand years to the present ...
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Over the centuries, the Hmong have called many places home, including China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and most recently France, Australia, and the United States. Their new neighbors, though welcoming, may know little about how they have come to these places or their views on relationships, religion, or art. Now, in A Peopls's History of the Hmong, representative voices offer their community's story, spanning four thousand years to the present day.
 
"This was the life of our Hmong people," remembers Pa Seng Thao, one of many who describe farming villages in the mountains of Laos. Others help us understand the Hmong experience during the Vietnam War, particularly when the U.S. military pulled out of Laos, abandoning thousands of Hmong allies. Readers learn firsthand of the hardships of refugee camps and the challenges of making a home in a foreign country, with a new language and customs. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews, historian Paul Hillmer assembles a compelling history in the words of the people who lived it.

Paul Hillmer is a professor of American history and the director of the Hmong Oral History Project at Concordia University in St. Paul. His six-part History Channel-funded documentary, From Strangers to Neighbors, examines Hmong people and their resettlement in the Twin Cities.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873517263
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Pages: 327
  • Sales rank: 817,919
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Paul Hillmer is an associate professor of American history and the director of the Hmong Oral History Project at Concordia University. His six-part History Channel-funded documentary, From Strangers to Neighbors, examines Hmong people and their resettlement in the Twin Cities.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

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    A Great Introduction to the Hmong

    I've read a decent number of books about the Hmong, but most are either too political, too sensational, or too simplistic. I have to say this is the best book on the subject I've read so far. The author has clearly spoken to most of the key people in the Hmong American community, as well as many others from various places around the world. He has read widely and thought deeply about the Hmong people, their history, and their complicated relationship with the United States government, who recruited them to fight against communist forces in Laos. He has written a book that will be accessible to the reader who has never heard about the Hmong before while also providing information and analysis that will be new and compelling to those who are well-read on the subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Eh

    I read online that the author has untrue information in here.

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