Have you visited the Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America exhibit at our West Wyandotte Library? It will be on view through January 7th. Our Reader’s Advisory librarian has put together this collection of Hmong titles from Hoopla to accompany the exhibit.
The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
In the 70s and 80s, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to the United Statesall in search of a new place to call home. Decades later, their experiences remain largely unknown.Kao Kalia Yang was driven to tell her own family’s story after her grandmother’s death.
A Map Into The World by Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim
As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl’s world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. As this curious girl explores life inside her house and beyond, she collects bits of the natural world. But who are her treasures for?
Bamboo Among The Oaks by Mai Neng Moua
In this groundbreaking anthology, first-and second-generation Hmong Americans 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.
The Good Hmong Girl Eats Raw Laab by Ka Vang
With humor and sensitivity, poet, playwright, and writer Ka Vang examines and critiques what it means to be “a good Hmong girl” in America today.
Hmong In Minnesota by Chia Youyee Vang
Chia Youyee Vang reveals the colorful, intricate history of Hmong Minnesotans, many of whom were forced to flee their homeland of Laos when the communists seized power during the Vietnam War.
Tangled Threads by Pegi Deitz Shea
In 1995, ten years after their arrival at ta refugee camp, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang and her grandmother are about to immigrate to America. They will discover the privileges of their new life, but Mai finds life in America complicated and confusing. Ultimately, she will have to reconcile the old ways with the new, and decide for herself the kind of woman she wants to be.
Hmong And American by Various Authors
In this collection of essays, historians, sociologists, teachers, counselors, and artists explore the concepts of war, refugee status, resettlement, and assimilation, weaving their own stories into their depictions of a community that continues to develop complex identities, both abundantly shared and deeply personal.
A People’s History Of The Hmong by Paul Hillmer
Over the centuries, the Hmong have called many places home, including China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and most recently France, Australia, and the United States. Their new neighbors, though welcoming, may know little about how they have come to these places or their views on relationships, religion, or art. Now, representative voices offer their community’s story, spanning four thousand years to the present day.
The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang
In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American’s Secret War.