An Introduction to Hmong Culture

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McFarland, Sep 15, 2010 - History - 215 pages
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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 book features and explains many Hmong words, phrases and proverbs.
 

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This book is not about writing with second hand information from hundreds of references. The author clearly wrote this book from the heart and an authoritative perspective. He claims to not know everything about Hmong culture, which is precisely what a true Hmong would do -- being humble. He did a phenomenal job at contextualizing a complex culture and bringing it to a level where the read can actually understand. 

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Hmong History
7
2 Parents and Their Children
22
3 Customs and Values
32
4 Cultural Traditions
47
5 Traditional Weddings
71
6 Traditional Funeral Services
101
7 Belief System
131
8 The Arts
165
9 Politics and Leadership
179
10 Where Do We Go from Here
188
References
203
Index
205
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About the author (2010)

Born in Laos, Ya Po Cha teaches Hmong language at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.

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