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11/15/2017 2:18:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
The Making Of Hmong America - Forty Years After The Secret War
Kou Yang
Kou Yang's new book, The Making Of Hmong America, has just been released by Lexington Books.

This book documents Hmong involvement in the Secret War in Laos, their refugee exodus from Laos to the refugee camps in Thailand, and the challenges to find third countries to take Hmong refugees. At the time, Hmong and other highlander refugees from Laos were considered unsuitable to be resettled into the United States.

Yang provides detailed research on the adaptation of Hmong Americans to their new lives in the United States, facing discrimination and prejudice, and the advancement of Hmong Americans over the past 40 years. He presents the Hmong American community as an uprooted refugee community that grew from a small population in 1975 to more than 300,000 by the year 2015; spreading to all 50 states while becoming a diverse and complex American ethnic community.

To get better insight into their diversity, complexity, and adaptation to different localities, Kou Yang uses the Hmong communities in Montana, Fresno and Denver as case studies. The progress of Hmong Americans over the past four decades is highlighted with a list of many achievements in education, high-tech, academia, political participation, the military and other fields.

Readers of this book will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges, complex and diverse experience of the Hmong American community. They will also obtain insight into the overall experience of the Hmong, an ethnic people of Diaspora, found in Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Europe. They are like bristle-cone pines on the rock that have been exposed to all types of weather, climate and conditions, but they won't die.

A Fulbright Scholar and Sasakawa Fellow, Kou Yang Ed.D, MSW, is Professor Emeritus of California State University, Stanislaus. With an extensive publication record on Hmong Diaspora, history and culture, the Hmong American experience, Lao culture, and the American experiences of Indochinese refugees, his more than 20 essays have appeared in widely-consulted peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Asian American Studies; Ethnic Studies Review; Asian Pacific Migration Journal; Hmong Studies Journal; Miao Research Journal, Journal of Guizhou University for Nationalities; and Journal of Hubei Institute for Nationalities. In addition, he has contributed chapters to nine books, and is co-editor of "Diversity within Diaspora: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First Century", University of Hawaii Press (2013). He is also author of "Laos and Its Expatriates in the United States (2013), "根连万里情依依" or "Root Connection from Ten Thousand Miles (published in China and in Chinese), "The Hmong and their Odyssey" (2016), and "The Making of Hmong America" (2017, forthcoming).

Kou Yang has also contributed to more than 15 newspaper articles and editorial opinion pieces, such as Prof. Kou Yang: The deadly, horrible mess we made still plagues Indochina (2015), 40yrs After the Vietnam War: celebrating the contributions of Indochinese refugees to the USA (2015), and President Obama's Historic Visit to Laos comes at the Perfect Time (2016). He has often been interviewed by magazine, newspaper and radio, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, Merced Sun Star, International Broadcaster Deutsdche Welle (Germany), Turlock Journal, Asian American Press, Hmong Times, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Hmong TV USA, Hmong TV Network, and 3HmoobTV.

St. Paul, MN



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