Mai Ya's Long Journey (Badger Biographies Series)

Mai Ya's Long Journey (Badger Biographies Series)

by Sheila Cohen


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The story of Mai Ya Xiong and her family and their journey from the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Madison, Wisconsin, is extraordinary. Yet it is typical of the stories of the 200,000 Hmong people who now live in the United States and who struggle to adjust to American society while maintaining their own culture as a free people.

Mai Ya's Long Journey follows Mai Ya Xiong, a young Hmong woman, from her childhood in Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp to her current home in Wisconsin. Mai Ya's parents fled Laos during the Vietnam War and were refugees in Thailand for several years before reaching the United States. But the story does not end there. Students will read the challenges Mai Ya faces in balancing her Hmong heritage and her adopted American culture as she grows into adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870203657
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 08/10/2005
Series: Badger Biographies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sheila Cohen has taught English as a Second Language in the Madison Metropolitan School District for twenty years. She is a freelance writer and has served on the Board of Directors of United Refugee Services. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Meet Mai Yaxi
1Mai Ya's Parents Grow Up in Troubled Laos1
2The Xiong Family's Life in Thailand12
3Mai Ya and Her Family Come to Wisconsin18
4Mai Ya Grows Up in Two Worlds22
5Hmong Traditional Beliefs39
6Mai Ya Continues Her Journey in Two Worlds46
Hmong Time Line62
Mai Ya's Time Line64
Reading Group Guide and Activities70
To Learn More about the Hmong72
Author's Note76

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