I spent eight years in northeast laos living and working with the hmong. Hmongmien languages, family of languages spoken in southern china, northern vietnam, laos, and thailand. Even so, my understanding of that period has been expanded greatly because of paul hillmers detailed research and interesting approach. This profile provides information about the hmong in generaltheir history, cul. But i am not entirely sure that all the information are true. The hmong originally came from china with over 4,000 years of history. This book, the first collection devoted entirely to firstperson hmong narratives, was produced in collaboration with four of my hmong students at. Presenting a holistic perspective of the hmong way of life, this book touches on every aspect of the hmong culture, including an overview of their history and traditions, relationships between hmong parents and their children, the rites and traditions of hmong wedding and funeral ceremonies, the celebration of the hmong new year, home. Today, they live in all of china, northern vietnam, laos, thailand, and myanmar. Hmong history and early studies of the hmong compiled by mark e. Today, hmong people inhabit almost all the major countries in the world with their identified social, cultural and religious norms. Many studies have been done of the hmong since they entered the united states as refugees in the late 1970s, but few of these contain accounts of hmong experiences told from their own perspectives. The hmong miao traditions and historical evidence indicates that they. Hmong people are still inhabiting the jungles and hills of china.
The hmong family traces its origin back to the mountainous region of the southern china. In the 18th century, hmong people started moving to other southeast asian countries. Pfeifer, phd, hmong studies internet resource center, november 2014 the u. The hmong in southeast asia include two groups, distinguished by differences in language and custom. A double bedsized piece of gray commercial cotton cloth is the foundation. Over the centuries, the hmong have called many places home, including china, laos, vietnam, thailand, and most recently france, australia, and the united states. Hmong people are first identified as occupying the yellow river valley in china. Culturally informed clinical practices for healthy hmong. Linking hmong culture and childrens literature uwla crosse. Perspective, history and culture are three major aspects at the core of interdisciplinary ethnic studies. Hmong, ethnic group living chiefly in china and southeast asia and speaking hmong, one of the hmong mien languages also known as miaoyao languages.
This is a mountain area that allows for a somewhat safe cover. An introduction to hmong culture by yeng yang, hmong studies journal. Culturally informed clinical practices for healthy hmong lifestyles to help hmong families continue their adjustment to life in america, clinic staff can emphasize their healthy traditional cultural practices, build upon their cultural pride, and encourage people to use these same behaviors in the united states. Here are a few examples of pdf lesson transcripts, worksheets, and audio recordings of the white hmong reading writing course. Classroom guide for dias story cloth the hmong peoples.
Keith quincy, phd, published by the eastern washington university press. Chapters iii and iv contain specific information regarding the hmong language and appropriate program offerings that will promote the academic achievement of. Vangs writing centers on her hmong american experience. Jan 10, 2014 presenting a holistic perspective of the hmong way of life, this book touches on every aspect of the hmong culture, including an overview of their history and traditions, relationships between hmong parents and their children, the rites and traditions of hmong wedding and funeral ceremonies, the celebration of the hmong new year, home restrictions and other superstitious taboos, arts and politics. The words hmong and mong refer to an asian ethnic group. List of books and articles about hmong culture online. Hmong history and early studies of the hmong hmong. History of a people is a detailed rediscovery of this saga, following hmong history and tradition from their early settlements in china, up to and including much of their contribution to the war in vietnam. Like all the books about the hmong, there will be at times glaring inaccuracies and mistakes in the material, and quincy has taken a lot of heat over the years for his attempts to help the hmong reconstruct their history, most of which was lost during the 4,000 years between their roots in ancient china and the 20th century.
Qeej curriculum book for teaching the qeej instrument. Since the late 18th century, the hmong alone among the miao groups have slowly migrated out of the southern provinces of china, where about 2. There are also articles that will not discussed about the hmong history, but will present past and current hmong related issues on a particular country. There once was a woman named ka vang who had hair like polished black granite and a love for stories and many things hmong. The quest for legitimation in french indochina, 18501960. The hmong people are an ethnic group in east and southeast asia. Historians speculate that the hmong were inhabiting the yellow river valley in china. Peoples history of the hmong, a minnesota historical society. Vietnam has 787,600 hmong people, laos has 320,000 hmong people, and thailand has 150,000 hmong people.
No part of this book may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without permission. I am the extraordinary hmong rice paddy eyeshair long, black. Home order contact our books zaj lus a hmong childrens story collection. White hmong reading writing please login on the sidebar or register here to access all audio files, pdf transcripts of all lessons and worksheets. A peoples history of the hmong sheds light on those and many more questions. The traditional culture of the hmong, the 19th century migration of hmong into southeast asia, and the opiumproducing role of the hmong and that effect on global politics and international trade are all chronicled in chapters 4 through 6.
And so she wrote a story in the hmong folk tale tradition about a dragon. Presenting a holistic perspective of the hmong way of life, this book touches on every aspect of the hmong culture, including an overview of their history and traditions, relationships between hmong parents and their children, the rites and traditions of hmong wedding and funeral ceremonies, the celebration of the hmong new year, home restrictions and other superstitious taboos, arts and politics. The fifthgrade girls love reading the books in hmong. The figures included in the 20 american community survey 1 year estimates involve estimates based on. A hmong child, her american doctors, and the collision of two cultures by anne fadiman. China has the largest population of hmong people with 3 million hmong people. They have been members of the unrepresented nations and peoples organization unpo since 2007 during the first and second indochina wars, france and the united.
Hmong studies virtual library books hmong resource. Indeed, the involvement of the hmong in the laotian war was only a single incident in the long saga of the hmong as a people. In this lesson, students learn about the hmong community in minnesota. Hmong culture book collection hmong cultural center. These stories depict moral values and capture the essence of the hmong culture. Literature can be a powerful educational tool in the classroom. At hmong abc, we are dedicated to preserving and promoting the hmong people through our large collections of hmong arts, books and crafts. Overview of recent scholarship on premodern hmong history. Some hmong left china to vietnam, laos, thailand and burma beginning in the early 1800s as a result of land expansion by the chinese government. On it, dias uncle, nhia thao chia, drew figures and scenes of hmong history, life, and war, and the escape. An introduction to hmong culture by ya po cha, paperback. And because there are countless songs in hmong about that year,1975, where there was a hmong genocide in laos and when they had fled to thailand.
Hmong history in china a scene of the chinese campaign against the miao hunan 1795. Like all the books about the hmong, there will be at times glaring inaccuracies and mistakes in the material, and quincy has taken a lot of heat over the years for his attempts to help the hmong reconstruct their history, most of which was lost during the 4,000 years. Author ka vangs folk tale connects hmong children with. It was initially published in 1988 with a revised edition published in 1995. According to the chinese, the earliest written documents of the hmongs miao a derogatory name, meaning savages, barbarians and monkey like people, as the hmong are called in china, are found in the chinese records. The hmong are a minority and have spread all over the world. Sep 22, 20 hmong history in china a scene of the chinese campaign against the miao hunan 1795. From this aspect, fong and shinagawa 2000 stated, one way of centering the. After they took over, many hmong people moved to the united states. Books composed by tougeu leepalao, cultural specialist at the hmong cultural center from 1992present. This short work provides a brief overview of hmong culture and hmong traditional music forms including kwv txhiaj sung poetry, the qeej and several other music instruments. Their new neighbors, though welcoming, may know little about how they have come to these places or their views on relationships, religion, or art. Dias story cloth is an outstanding example of this new textile art form. Hmong, ethnic group living chiefly in china and southeast asia and speaking hmong, one of the hmongmien languages also known as miaoyao languages.
Author ka vangs folk tale connects hmong children with their. According to hmong belief, they are descended from a creator couple who made the first hmong man and woman. Presentation of ethnic experience from the ethnic groups perspective is what makes ethnic studies unique and meaningful. I only found 2 books on the hmong people, which i will be sharing my thoughts on today. Jul 23, 2017 the furthest i know about hmong history is the vietnam war or the secret war. Now, in a peopless history of the hmong, representative voices offer their communitys. I know it because thats why i am here in the united states. Their homeland is in china, especially along the yangtze and yellow river. Their books are expected to be available in august. It chronicles the history of the hmong people in china. The parents taught them all they would need to know to live according to hmong custom.
The qing response to the miao kings of chinas 17957 miao revolt. Peoples history of the hmong, a minnesota historical. Violence and ethnicity on a qing colonial frontier. Hmong studies virtual library hmong resource center library. Census bureau released new data for hmong americans in the fall of 2014. Although some linguists have proposed highlevel genetic relationships to several language familiesincluding sinotibetan, taikadai, austronesian, and austroasiaticno genetic relationships. They have been members of the unrepresented nations and peoples organization unpo since 2007. The hmong and the chinese began to have contact as the chinese population grew and encroached upon traditional hmong territories. The history of the hmong people is discussed in chapters 1 through 3. In this section you will find articles on the history of the hmong people in the varies countries that the hmong people have lived. Hmong americans in the 20 american community survey. From 1962 to 1975, the hmong people were involved in the laotian civil war, also known as the secret war.
Were pleased to have the honor of serving you online through our secure website. The hmong are an ethnic group of people with specific language and culture. Keith quincy is the author of numerous books in philosophy, economics, biography, and asian history. They are a subgroup of the miao people, and live mainly in southern china, vietnam and laos. He is also the author of a new translation of platos. Now, in a peopless history of the hmong, representative voices offer. Hmong studies virtual library books hmong resource center. The author includes sections on the miaoyao group, hmong groups and subgroups, geographic dissemination of hmong in asia, hmong demographics in asia and hmong history in china, vietnam, laos and thailand. Jan 26, 2017 the hmong role in the vietnam war is important history for wisconsinites and people across the nation, said newlyelected rep.
Premodern hmong history hmong history in china cheung s. Hmong americans in the 20 american community survey by mark e. The hmong role in the vietnam war is important history for wisconsinites and people across the nation, said newlyelected rep. The first hmong bookstore easily known as hmong abc. Annissa hambouz, the new york times learning network yasmin chin eisenhauer, the bank street college of education in new york city.
Hmong people simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This collection of hmong oral folktales has been passed down for generations. During the vietnam war the hmong worked with the american cia in the secret war in laos, and therefore were forced to flee their homeland after the victory of the communists. Hmong history life in laos the hmong migrated from southern china in the nineteenth century to the mountainous areas of laos, vietnam and thailand. These cards will help build your childs vocabulary and speaking skills, as well as increase your childs early math skills. Chapters iii and iv contain specific information regarding the hmong language and appropriate program offerings that will promote the academic achievement of hmong speaking students. Information on this website is available in alternative formats upon request. Our goal is to provide meaningful and culturallyrelevant products to motivate and empower hmong students, enlighten nonhmong students, and foster a love of reading for all. This book fills the gap by exploring the dramatic forces of history that drew several dozen young hmong men to become fighter pilots in the united states secret. Jan 02, 2015 over the centuries, the hmong have called many places home, including china, laos, vietnam, thailand, and most recently france, australia, and the united states.771 783 1221 378 662 775 134 920 1559 1593 623 844 1381 1444 302 318 448 485 1422 313 1485 714 282 1168 403 1050 625 1037 649 79 737