Roars of Traditional Leaders: Mong (Miao) American Cultural Practices in a Conventional Society

Roars of Traditional Leaders: Mong (Miao) American Cultural Practices in a Conventional Society

by Chai Charles Moua

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Overview

The aim of this book is to sustain the Mong cultural practices. It is based on the roaring views of fifteen Mong traditional leaders about the oral and cultural practices of the Mong people in the U.S. Maintaining the cultural legacies of a group of indigenous people such as the Mong Americans is imperative since they have more than 5,000 years of cultural traditions.

The cultural and oral practices of the Mong New Year celebration, marriage custom, and traditional funeral rituals have been challenged as a result of the Mong migration from China, often through other host countries, to the United States. The Mong traditional leaders have been the vocal voices that are influential in regard to maintaining the Mong traditional culture.

Roars of Traditional Leaders discusses this leadership role, a key component of organization development and transformation, played by contemporary leaders in the challenge of sustaining the Mong’s rich cultural traditions in America. Leaders will have to come together in the discussion of cultural practices and traditions in the century to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761856917
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chai Charles Moua came to the United States from Laos via Thailand at the age of 12. He completed his doctor of psychology degree in organizational development as well as a master’s degree in education with the emphasis in secondary school mathematics. Dr. Moua, his wife, and their four beautiful children live in the Central Valley of California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter Introduction
Chapter One
Challenges of the Mong Americans
Summary
Chapter Two
Theoretical Frameworks of the Mong Traditional Culture
Ancient Mong History
Concepts of Cultural Theory
Layers of Culture
Mong Traditional Clothing and Costume
Summary
Chapter Three
Individual Roles in the Household
Mong Cultural Values and Leadership Role Studies
Conventional Leadership Role and Social Mannerism
Hierarchical Clan System and Social Organization
Chapter Four
Mong Cultural Practices and Oral Traditions
Mong New Year Celebration
Traditional Marriage Ceremony
Mong Nqe Tshoob or Bride-Price Issue
Traditional Mong Funeral Ritual Services
Chapter Five
Influences of Non-Profit Organization on Mong Traditional Culture
Changes of the Mong American Cultural Traditions
Summary
Chapter Six
Roaring of the Mong Traditional Leaders on Cultural Practices
Summary
Chapter Seven
Passing of General Vang Pao
Future Generation of Mong Americans
Bibliography
Glossary

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From the Publisher

Maintaining one's native culture and rituals while becoming assimilated into the American culture can be a real challenge. The New Year, marriage, and funeral rituals of the Hmong may be lost before too many years, especially if the generations born here in the United States do not carry out these rituals as did their ancestors. [This book] needed to be published so that future generations would not lose these important parts of their heritage. —Mary Jane Cavanaugh, freelance editor


Despite the enormous challenges with the American culture, the Mong leaders and elders have continued to maintain and preserve their oral traditional practices through cultural traditions, which are the Mong New Year celebration, the marriage customs, and the traditional funeral ritual services. As a Mong American educator, Dr. Moua has added his emic perspectives and insights from his personal experience as community leader and as an adjunct professor of mathematics… —Paoze Thao, PhD, professor of linguistics and education, CSU Monterey Bay

Paoze Thao Ph.D.

Despite the enormous challenges with the American culture, the Mong leaders and elders have continued to maintain and preserve their oral traditional practices through cultural traditions, which are the Mong New Year celebration, the marriage customs, and the traditional funeral ritual services. As a Mong American educator, Dr. Moua has added his emic perspectives and insights from his personal experience as community leader and as an adjunct professor of mathematics… —Paoze Thao, Ph.D., professor of linguistics and education, CSU Monterey Bay

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