Culture and Customs of the Hmong

Front Cover
ABC-CLIO, Sep 16, 2010 - Social Science - 241 pages
0 Reviews

Culture and Customs of the Hmong takes a global approach to understanding the Hmong, a people who have lived in China for more than 4,000 years. It is the first book to combine an account of the traditional life and history of the Hmong with a full account of their modern, urban lifestyle, balancing traditional lifeways and practices with modern, evolving customs.

The book is unique in dealing, not only with the Hmong in the United States, Australia, and other Western nations, but also with their traditional and changing lives in their Asian homelands of Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. This broad international perspective allows readers to look at the Hmong through the complex interplay of the many social, historical, economic, and cultural influences they have been exposed to in their worldwide migration, and at how they manage to maintain their many traditions across national boundaries and great distances.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

1 IntroductionDiaspora History Identity
1
2 Thoughts and Religion
23
3 Oral and Written Literature
47
4 Theater Dance Music and Film
73
5 Art
99
6 Space and Housing
121
7 Traditional Dress and Cuisine
137
8 Gender Courtship and Marriage
151
9 Festivals and Leisure Activities
173
10 Social Organization Customs and Lifestyles
191
Glossary
213
Further Readings
219
Bibliography
223
Index
235
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Gary Yia Lee, PhD, is a Hmong academic from Laos.

Nicholas Tapp, PhD, is professor emeritus at the Australian National University, where he runs the Thai-Yunnan Project, and professor of anthropology at East China Normal University.

Bibliographic information