Bamboo Among the Oaks

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Borealis Books

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Recovering to the Hillsp. 17
Bee Cha
Being Hmong Is Not Enoughp. 22
True Hang
A Good Hmong Womanp. 34
Sharon Her
Smokesp. 43
May Lee
Hmongspeakp. 47
The Voicep. 50
Kou Lor
Lonelinessp. 51
Slices with a Hmong Knifep. 53
Pacyinz Lyfoung
Walking Manifesto #2p. 55
Mai Neng Moua
Along the Way to the Mekongp. 57
D.C.p. 61
Father Died Twenty-five Years Agop. 63
Life in Four Short Chaptersp. 64
My Mother Is a Coffee Tablep. 65
My white loverp. 66
Endstagep. 67
Vayong Moua
The Hmong Wallp. 77
The Shadow that Lovedp. 78
Noukou Thao
The Gardenp. 83
Bryan Thao Worra
The True Tale of Yerp. 88
The Last War Poemp. 98
Furyp. 100
Wisdomp. 101
Va-Megn Thoj
Hmoob Boy Meets Hmong Girlp. 104
Ka Vang
REM & Dab & Neeg & Dab Neegp. 109
Twinkiesp. 111
Extraordinary Hmongp. 111
Yellow Man's Burdenp. 113
Ms. Pac-Man Ruined My Gang Lifep. 114
Disconnectp. 122
M. S. Vang
943p. 138
The Case of the Red Pensp. 145
Mayli Vang
Dreams of a Forgotten Widowp. 152
Some Old Hmong Womanp. 153
We Women of the Hmong culturep. 154
Reflections of My Fatherp. 155
Soul Choj Vang
A Tropical Garden in the San Joaquin Valleyp. 159
Chinop. 160
Letter from the Shore of the Dragon Riverp. 162
Immunizationp. 165
Retiredp. 166
The Americanp. 167
Hawj Xiong
The Last Walkp. 170
Kao Xiong with Dia Cha
The Lovers: A Halloween Tale of Horrorp. 174
Pa Xiong
Brokenp. 180
Running Away from Homep. 181
The Green Housep. 183
Condom Nationsp. 184
Naly Yang
Chapter Onep. 186
In Remembrancep. 187
Spirit Trailsp. 188
Peter Yang
Mother's Dayp. 189
My Dad the Mekong and Me the Mississippip. 190
Kao Yongvang
Is the Beauty Queen a Real Woman?p. 192
Contributorsp. 196
Notesp. 203
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