A World Without Boundaries: A story of human atrocities, despair, migration, and interconnections

A World Without Boundaries: A story of human atrocities, despair, migration, and interconnections

by Ge Xiong


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After the Hmong fled atrocities in southern China, they became trapped in a civil war in Laos and involved in an alliance with the United States, fighting against the Communists expansion in Indochina during the Vietnam War. The Hmong who sided with the United States in the war, however, faced unimaginable suffering. In "A World Without Boundaries," Ge Xiong weaves details of haunting and vivid accounts of the suffering of a people in a social and political culture that perpetuated nepotism, corruption, and wars, while fostering inequality among ethnicities, genders, and socio-economic castes. This a story of acts of bloodshed, heartbreak, love, and sacrifice, and—above all—of a people who continue to endure many difficulties, yet strive to achieve a better life in an increasingly complex world after they have lost everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634134828
Publisher: Two Harbors Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ge Xiong, a former teacher and Hmong refugee from Laos, arrived in Shabbona, Illinois, on January 17, 1979, at age 26, without a word of English. While working full-time, Xiong persistently endeavored to learn English. He now has a bachelor’s degree in educational policy and community study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His community service and involvement are widely known in the Hmong community throughout Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Preaface ix

Introduction 1

Part I How It Got Started

Chapter 1 The World of Nature, the World of Men 11

Chapter 2 A Natural Way of Life Engulfed by Fire 35

Chapter 3 The Airplane Rice and Singing Box 52

Chapter 4 A Move That Changed My View of the World 78

Chapter 5 Fleeing the Human Killing Storm 100

Part II The Raging Fire

Chapter 6 Facing the Worst Fears 123

Chapter 7 A Social/Political Culture of Despair 138

Chapter 8 Good-bye, Sam Thong 172

Chapter 9 Long Chieng, the Legendary Hmong City 190

Chapter 10 Hmong Students Striving for Success 205

Part III The Aftermath

Chapter 11 Becoming a Teacher 231

Chapter 12 Youa's Story: "Saving the Sun" 247

Chapter 13 The Cease-Fire and the False Peace 272

Chapter 14 At the Mercy of the Tiger 292

Chapter 15 Sheep without a Field 322

Epilogue 344

Acknowledgments 351

About the Author 353

Index 354

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