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Bamboo Among the Oaks : Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans

Bamboo Among the Oaks : Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0873514378

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Publisher: Borealis
Published: 2002
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Bamboo Among the Oaks : Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0873514378

Mai Neng Ed. Moua

ISBN13: 978-0873514378
ISBN10: 0873514378
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Borealis

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Of an estimated twelve million ethnic Hmong in the world, more than 200,000 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 bya Hmong American. In 1994, she launched a Hmong literary journal, Paj Ntaub Voice, and in the first issue asked her readers ''Where are the Hmong American voices?'' Eight years later, this collection -- containing selections

Table of Contents

Recovering to the Hills
Being Hmong Is Not Enough
A Good Hmong Woman
Smokes
Hmongspeak
The Voice
Loneliness
Slices with a Hmong Knife
Walking Manifesto #2
Along the Way to the Mekong
D.C.
Father Died Twenty-five Years Ago
Life in Four Short Chapters
My Mother Is a Coffee Table
My white lover
Endstage
The Hmong Wall
The Shadow that Loved
The Garden
The True Tale of Yer
The Last War Poem
Fury
Wisdom
Hmoob Boy Meets Hmong Girl
REM & Dan & Neeg & Dab Neeg
Twinkies
Extraordinary Hmong
Yellow Man's Burden
Ms. Pac-Man Ruined My Gang Life
Disconnect
The Case of the Red Pens
Dreams of a Forgotten Widow
Some Old Hmong Woman
We Women of the Hmong culture
Reflections of My Father
A Tropical Garden in the San Joaquin Valley
Chino
Letter from the Shore of the Dragon River
Immunization
Retired
The American
The Last Walk
The Lovers: A Halloween Tale of Horror
Broken
Running Away from Home
The Green House
Condom Nations
Chapter One
In Remembrance
Spirit Trails
Mother's Day
My Dad the Mekong and Me the Mississippi
Is the Beauty Queen a Real Woman?

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