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Author: Lillian Faderman
ISBN13: 978-0807072356
Title: I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
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Language: English
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: Beacon Press; 1st edition (April 13, 1999)
Pages: 288

I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience by Lillian Faderman

Reading this for an Hmong American book now in 2018, shows how different the Hmong culture was back in the 1990's. This book goes through out many series of people who are Hmong which varies from ages to young to old. Continuing they explain their struggles coming and going to America from Thailand,Laos or Vietnam. Interspersed throughout these first-person narratives, Lillian Faderman provides historical and cultural context, and draws rich comparisons between the experience of the Hmong in the 1990s and her mother's immigration from From the Publisher. I Begin My Life All Over records the story of 36 Hmong immigrants to California, tracing their journey from the subsistence farms of Laos, through their harrowing escape into the camps of Thailand, and to relocation to a new continent, and to a new century.

Lillian Faderman (born July 18, 1940) is an American historian whose books on lesbian history and LGBT history have earned critical praise and awards. The New York Times named three of her books on its "Notable Books of the Year" list Contents. I Begin My Life All Over : The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience (1998). To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History (1999). Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir (2003). Gay L. A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, And Lipstick Lesbians (2006, co-authored with Stuart Timmons). My Mother's Wars (2013). The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle (2015). Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (2018).

Lillian Faderman meets all these criteria in I Begin My Life All Over. Faderman takes the reader on journey that is, in many ways, typical of the immigrant experience, especially those into twentieth and twenty-first century America. com User, November 29, 2006

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Beginning in the 1950s, the CIA secretly recruited the Hmong to fight the Communists; about one-third of the Hmong population was killed in this clandestine war. In 1975, the CIA withdrew, abandoning promises it had made.

This book,a mostly-oral history of Hmong refugees from the country of Laos, is a must-read for anyone interested the immigrant experience, or in the implications of . military involvement in Southeast Asia. Lillian Faderman, award-winning author of books on lesbian history and multiethnic studies, collaborates with a Hmong assistant, Ghia Xiong, to collect refugee stories of passage into American life. Here and there Faderman effectively draws parallels between the Hmong experience and the history of her own mother, a Jew who emigrated from Eastern Europe to America in the 1930s, and encourages readers to consider the story of their own ancestors' arrival into this country. Several photos in the book express the spirit of Hmong people and offer visual evidence of the conflicts they face.

This book, I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience by Lillian Faderman with Ghia Xiong, is about the ending life as a Hmong leading into becoming an American. It discusses the experiences that thirty-six real life people go through in life as they become Americans. The book is divided into two parts. The first section, The End of a Way of Life, discusses the type of village lived in, how the escape came about and the various camps that were set up for those who escaped.

Faderman uses the testimony effectively to tell representative stories that shed light on the experiences of the some 130,000 Hmong who have come here since the American war in Indochina ended in 1975. Many fought for this country in the so-called ""secret war"" in Laos. Faderman's goal is to use the Hmong expatriates' words to represent the entire immigrant experience in the US. The Hmong story, Faderman says, reveals ""the fabric that has gone into the making of Americans.

The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience. Category: Biography & Memoir. Faderman has collected oral histories from individuals ranging from adults who escaped through the jungles of Laos, to the American-born teenagers anxious to negotiate a balance between the American life they see on television and the scars of their familial and ethnic history. Hanya Yanagihara, A Magazine. Faderman supplies invaluable historical context, told succinctly and well, for the narratives

I Begin My Life All Over is an oral history of 36 real-life strangers in a strange land, an intimate study of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.
Reviews: 7
This book contains the personal stories of Hmong individuals who immigrated recently. The stories are very moving and insightful. I am a new teacher. I work with Hmong students, and this helps me to relate to my students with insight and sensitivity. The stories can be read pretty quickly. Those stories who are included range in age and experience, which helps me to understand my students as members of their larger community.
This is an astonishing book. The author, working with a Hmong colleague, collected many moving oral histories. She then wove them together into an astonishing tour-de-force.
This book provides a voice to Hmong people, telling their stories in their own words. At the same time, Faderman places the Hmong experience in the larger context of the experience of leaving one's home to come to the United States as an immigrant. Using the particular experiences of her Hmong informants, as well as her own history growing up as the child of an immgrant, she sheds light on the general topic of what it means to be an immigrant in this country.
For most US residents, there is immigration somewhere in our histories; this book speaks to how our families were profoundly affected by the dislocation and courage of these immgrants, whether they are ourselves, our parents, or lurking in the more distant past.
I can't imagine a better book on this topic.
I have read many books about the Hmong people. This is by far my favorite!
My criteria for a great book are that it is well written, interesting and thought provoking. Lillian Faderman meets all these criteria in I Begin My Life All Over. Faderman takes the reader on journey that is, in many ways, typical of the immigrant experience, especially those into twentieth and twenty-first century America. Through interviews with Hmong immigrants, she discusses the cultural changes that occur when moving from persecution into main stream America. Being the son of immigrants, I can see how the trends that she unearths have played out in my family. It also puts the current struggle of immigrants from Latin America into a more humane and non-political light.
Lillian Faderman, author of I Begin My Life All Over, claims to be telling her readers that the social world is a very harsh and difficult aspect of life, and is not as easy to live with as some may think. The social world can especially be cruel if an individual can not communicate with others due to language differences. When someone is all alone in a new place, with no indication of what to do or not do, where to go or not go, it becomes very intimidating and scary. Imagine being in a country not your own, entirely unfamiliar from language to culture, even the government is different, and are unable to speak to anyone, or know what street lights are and their meaning; this is a little bit of how Hmong immigrants felt when at last in America.
Hmong immigrants are who Faderman primarily relates this claim of the social world to. In several places throughout her book, she speaks of her own memories of her family's immigration. Her mother was a Jewish immigrant herself and had many hard times with the changes America held for her and her family. Faderman recalls the trials of language barriers, knowledge of how life in America works such as education, job seeking, and many more issues of the social world that her mother endured. In these ways, the author not only portrays the social world as a harsh and difficult aspect of life for Hmong immigrants, but can relate these difficulties to her very own life, showing how immigrants from different walks of life deal with similar issues as they come to America.
The claim of the social world being so harsh and difficult, especially for immigrants, is reasoned by the research of other books about the Hmong culture, as well as the personal stories. Each and every one of the people who shared their personal stories told of how coming to America or even having parents who did, was a struggle, not knowing how streets worked with street lights, how to cross the street, or even how to get around from one place to the next. All of these factors in the social world were different for the Hmong immigrants as well as Faderman's mother's experience as a Jewish immigrant. The cultures are so very different, one does not even know where to begin when in America, a strange land. These few reasons are that which make the claim true.
When relating Faderman's claim to those personal stories, including her own memories, as well as the other background information given about Hmong people, these reasons for stating such a claim are relevant. I think that although some data or case study information, if accessible, would have been a great addition to these personal experiences, the reasons to this claim of a harsh and difficult social world were backed up effectively within each person's story.
Faderman co-wrote this book with a Hmong immigrant by the name Ghia Xiong, who helped to tell her very own story, and gave other Hmong immigrants the comfort to be interviewed for this book. The majority of this book is focused around personal stories of many different Hmong immigrants, young and old, of their experiences with growing up in America and immigrating to America. Every single person who was interviewed and told their story for this book, commented in one way or another about how tough the social world changes were for them and their family. Older Hmong people could tell of their immigration and coming to America, where the young could tell of how tough their parents had it and relied on them for any literacy or education, since they were very much more Americanized than their elders. Faderman uses books on the Hmong immigration and culture as other creditable sources of information for her book to enhance and make clearer the personal stories of struggle and achievement.
The information from these book sources is always at the beginning of each `chapter' or section. Faderman uses these facts to enlighten the reader about the topic that will be talked about by Hmong immigrants' stories and to `set up' the mood for better understanding these stories. I think that this evidence is convincing and relevant even though nothing is shown as being a direct quote from a source. The information that is given prior to personal stories is always backed up by what the Hmong person says in their excerpt. The two areas always seem to match up in factual information, making it all relevant in my mind.
Faderman does not offer or refute alternative explanations that I can see. The entire book seems to be straight forward and all flow together without any conflicting ideas by the author or other personal stories. I find that one story will make sense of the others and so on. Each Hmong had some difficult experiences getting used to the social world in America, even many did not get used to anything, but would depend on their offspring to become educated and help them make it in the world.
This book was very well written and easy to follow. The argument given was clear throughout the entire text as being how the social world was and still is a harsh and difficult aspect of life, especially in the cases of being an immigrant. I believe this was a good and thought provoking claim that was constantly supported by the stories of Hmong immigrants as well as Faderman's references to her own life as a child with her mother struggling and her helping her mother make it through. I don't see any aspect of this claim as a weakness, only data and case studies would have made a nice addition. The book and it's claim are strong throughout and constantly supported over and over by the content therein.
This book is a great way for people to see how Hmong people see their life coming to America, and life before they came here. While reading the book I learned a lot, even though I am Hmong. The writers go into really deep details how living was and also how hard it was to adjust to America. Faderman also talks about how it was to be an immigrant, too. She compares most of the stuff Hmong people went through to her life as a child.

This book really gives you an understanding of being Hmong. You'll learn how they lived before they came over to the United States. Then it'll talk about how hard it was to change their lives to live in the U.S. Who thought that someone would explain how Hmong people came here and how they lived? After reading this book, you'll be able to open your mind to other cultures. They did a great job of opening Hmong people to the whole world.
This is an awesome book that tells the true and heart-wrenching stories of fear, desperation, and resilience that so many Hmong people endured as they were forced from their homeland due to the Vietnam War. Many Hmong immigrants that relocated to the U.S. found a "culture shock" awaiting them, as assimilation made it a difficult adjustment to the lifestyle they once lived. This book is a good read and recommended to anyone who is interested in learning about the immigrant experience or ethnic and minority groups in America.
Many words, but good about the war/gangs for Hmong in America. It gives much detail. Interesting book.