The representation of America in the transition camp contradicts the image of America being a welcomer of the poor and homeless. Life goes on for the young couple Chue Moua and Bee Yang on their flight for survival. This gap of knowledge is not only hurtful to the Hmong people, but also detrimental to Americans who must live side by side with Hmong refugees.
Many foul factors aid in creating his wicked actions such as his ambition-driven wife and his longing of recognition and power in which he is influenced into. Actually, my parents were of the first generation. I knew that our chance was here. I admire the humanity and empathy in her essays. And yet Hmong were all over America. This is a representation of America that conflicts with American ideology: America is not the hero, the helper or the friendly hand, it is a coward who leaves the fighting to children and backs out when things become too difficult.
Listening to this is an emotional experience you will not forget. I realized that this particular book aided me to understand how the old way of life was back in Laos and Thailand. In many immigrant novels, American identity is often seen as fluid or miscellaneous — it will place itself wherever seen fit. Alan is the ultimate anti-hero. They had been unsure.
Growing Up by Russell Baker is a story to be cherished. Here it might be helpful to point to history: if Americans had known how much they were responsible for making the Hmong people refugees, would they have been hostile toward them? My mother told me that my brothers were mostly fed with sweetened condensed milk because she was incapable to produce enough breast milk for the hungry boys. American ignorance of the Hmong people fueled a lot of hatred and exclusivity. We watch here the struggle to find a home. The well-researched story is a tribute to a woman and her humanity, not just what her cells meant to medical science.
But I'm grateful that it exists, that Kao Kalia Yang was able to capture the stories that so many Hmong lost in the jungles of war-torn Laos, and that her words challenge us to think about the precious stories we lose among the textbooks and history classes and newspaper headlines of a cheerfully amnesiac United States.
We begin deep in the Laotian jungle. Ironically, it is harder to get into America than Australia or France, even though they were the ones partially responsible for why the Hmong no longer have a home. In what is called The Secret War Hmong boys from Laos were recruited to fight against communist forces.
I now have a better understanding of the sacrifices the Hmong took and all the things they left behind for coming to the Americas. Furthermore, Alan is ugly, forgotten by all, a no-one, the most ostracized person in the school Personally, I think her telling me of her life is better captured this way than through written lines.
The soldiers were on a truck on the dirt road—men with guns in their hands. The war is over for America, over for the rest of the world, but here people are still fleeing for their lives. It saddens me when I hear people are reading less, because books are such a treasured part of my life. With the late General Vang Pao who brought us to the Americas and led us to a better place to live more serenely, the first generation folks like my father, hope that we will regain a piece of land that will be ours. We read about guerilla warfare and the Vietkong. Neither had he.
Introverts will feel understood after reading this book, and extroverts will touch the other face of the coin. In Phanat Nikhom Transition Camp, one thing becomes clear for the Yang family: America is not for the sick or elderly. Part of the reason I loved the book is that the story is told simply.
Watching grow the love between granddaughter and grandmother is what makes the death of the grandmother, when it comes, all the more poignant. The book tells about the Hmong people - their traditions, their culture and the role their people played in the Vietnam War. Here it might be helpful to point to history: if Americans had known how much they were responsible for making the Hmong people refugees, would they have been hostile toward them? The Chinese concept of Yin and Yang illustrates that diversity and inclusion and innovation are intrinsically interconnected. This is one of the main arguments for why Hmong history is a reflection of American history — the two have so much to do with each other, that it is harmful to delete one part of the history.