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Programs and Resources for Hmong Farmers

Books on Hmong Culture, History, and Farming

Bliatout, Bruce Thowpaou, Bruce T. Downing, Judy Lewis, and Dao Yang. Handbook for Teaching Hmong-speaking Students.
Sacramento: Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Southeast Asia Community Resource Center, 1988.
http://www.reninc.org/PDFS/HmongBk.pdf
This handbook was designed to assist school districts in providing bilingual education services and to assist school personnel in understanding minority language groups.

Brittan, Dolly. The Hmong–Celebrating the Peoples and Civilizations of Southeast Asia.
New York: PowerKids Press, 1997.
This is a 25-page book with many photographs that introduces the history, language, religion, and customs of the people that originated in China and now live in other areas of Southeast Asia as well. It was written for children, but is informative for adults as well.

Cao, Lan and Himilce Novas. Everything You Need to Know About Asian-American History.
New York: Plume/Penguin Books,1996.
In a lively question-and-answer format, this book provides a complete understanding of the traditions and ideas that people of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and Pacific Island descent have contributed to American life.

Cha, Dia. Dia’s Story Cloth—The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom.
Denver: Museum of Natural History, 1996.
This is an autobiographical tale of the author’s family depicted through a hand-stitched story cloth. This colorful book is intended for 5th-9th graders.

Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
This is the true account of a young Hmong girl in Merced, California whose illness takes her and her family into the world of western medicine. It is a tragic story of miscommunication and misunderstanding between people and cultures.

Koltyk, Jo Ann and Nancy Foner. New Pioneers in the Heartland: Hmong Life in Wisconsin.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998.
This book looks at how Hmong refugees assimilate by looking at how Hmong families are adjusting and adapting to their new lives in America. From a family-centered focus, the reader gains an appreciation for how the Hmong see their own adaptational process and how they represent and define their Hmongness in America. There is a chapter that describes the important role of gardening in the lives of Hmong immigrants and refugees.

Murphy, Nora. A Hmong Family.
Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1997.
This story depicts the history and culture of the Hmong and describes the experiences of one Hmong family as they move from Laos to Minnesota to rebuild their lives. It includes a Hmong folktale and many photographs. It was written for young people, but is also informative for adults.

The Hmong Youth Cultural Awareness Project of Minneapolis. A Free People: Our Stories, Our Voices, Our Dreams.
Minneapolis: The Hmong Youth Cultural Awareness Project of Minneapolis, 1994.
This is a collection of stories, writings and photographs by youth aged 14 to 18, which profiles Hmong students, elders, and parents around the Twin Cities.

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