Culture and Customs of the Hmong
by Dr. Gary Yia Lee and Nicholas Tapp
Greenwood Press, Santa Barbara, CA (2010)
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 life ways 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.
This book is the first to balance an account of the traditional life and history of the Hmong as a global people, with a full account of their modern, urban lives and includes:
A chronology from the earliest history of the Hmong to the present day
Numerous photographs depicting Hmong culture and artifacts
Glossaries of English, Hmong, Latin, and Chinese terms