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How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology

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Hmong history and culture can be found in the form of oral stories, oral poetry, textile art, and music but there is no written account of Hmong life, by a Hmong hand, passed down through the centuries. As an undergraduate, Burlee Vang experienced this void when he received valuable advice from his English professor: "Write about your people. That story has not been told. ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by Heyday Books (first published August 1st 2011)
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Beth
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hmong American Writer's Circle is a group of writers who are either Hmong refugees or the first generation offspring of the Lao-Hmong people. As such, they are bi-lingual (or more), but without a named home country. The Hmong originated in China, but over several hundred years were forced south until they settled in the mountains of northern Laos. Following the American-Vietnam War, they were again forced to flee due to the assistance they provided to the CIA. These writers come from a cultu ...more
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Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
“For any serious artist, it is a terrible feeling of surrender when you realize there is no place in the world for your voice…” – Burlee Vang

How Do I Begin? is a 200-page anthology compiled by The Hmong American Writers’ Circle based in Fresno, California and published in 2011. It includes pieces from 17 writers as well as three visual artists. Until the 20th century Hmong stories were passed down by oral tradition. As Burlee Vang, founder of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, notes in the book
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Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
uneven, but ultimately very good collection of short stories and poetry. a few pages of art and photographs in the center was a nice bonus. I hope the writers build on their work here and keep publishing.
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