Friday, May 27, 2011

More on the Hmong People

Travel writer Naomi Lindt visiting a remote local market in the northernmost region of Vietnam, near the town of Ha Giang (above). The men wearing berets are Hmong; the berets are a carry-over from the French (the Hmong fought with the colonists against the Vietnamese). "I guess it's pretty obvious my presence there didn't go unnoticed", Naomi remarked with a slight touch of understatement.
A rich narrative history of the worldwide community of Hmong people, exploring their cultural practices, war and refugee camp experiences, and struggles and triumphs as citizens of new countries can be found in Paul Hillmers book A People's History of the Hmong.

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