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A People's History of the Hmong

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A rich narrative history of the worldwide community of Hmong people, exploring their cultural practices, war and refugee camp experiences, and struggles and triumphs as citizens of new countries.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Minnesota Historical Society Press (first published 2009)
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Mark Desrosiers
We'd made three trips, and then we stopped to refuel, and they washed the airplane out, because so many people had thrown up.

That's a detail I never considered: many Hmong refugees spent the 1974 airlift from Long Tieng into Thailand vomiting all over each other. Yet that was a cake walk compared with those who later tried to escape through the jungle into Thailand -- this book is rife with tales of parents and kids getting picked off by bullets, an infant getting tossed into a river to quiet it
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Bennet

I guess this could be called cheating, but rather than write a review of this I'm going to defer/refer to the following link/review. Bottom line, this is a good introduction to and account of the Hmong war/refugee/immigrant experience, but does not cover much outside of those categories.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Tim Titus
I think it’s kind of hilarious that the two previous reviewers of this book (OK, really one reviewer and a copycat) complain that the author “only” covers three roles of the Hmong (war-refugee-immigrant), first because whole books have been written about any single one of those themes, and second because it’s wrong. For example, the whole first section is about Hmong culture, village life, internal politics, in short, stuff that happened before the war started.
If anything, Hillmer tried to bit
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