A Hmong Boy s Story One of the universal truths about the human race is the desire to have a better life for their children. Yakao Yang in his just released book A Hmong Boy s Story takes us back to the mountains in Laos where he struggled to get an education with the support and encouragement of his parents. The backdrop of this story is a country at war and the Hmong people constantly moving from place to place to find a safe place to live. Yang is able to weave the Hmong traditions, folk tales and everyday life of the people into the story of his struggle to get an education. His commitment and focus allow him to eventually graduate with a baccalaureate degree with a year of training in France. Upon the fall of the country to the Communists, the family entered the refugee camps in Thailand and finally came to America. Yang gives an insight that no other Hmong person can, since education was not considered important at the time. It is that education that opens our window to the past.
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I was born into a large family of six boys and six girls. Many years later after the death of my mother, my father s second marriage added two half-brothers and three half-sisters to the family. I was the third of three older sons who were sent to school to get an education away from home. At that time only a large village with a large number of pupils could afford to have a school. Pupils from a small village as was my case were sent to larger villages. I had to spend a week there and came home on weekends. Sometimes I walked barefoot many miles across valleys and mountains. This was not easy since I walked in the cold, in the rains, in the dark frightening jungles, on a rough path which caused pain in my feet and there was constant fear of being attacked by wicked creatures. Sometimes I spent the whole school year living with others apart from my community of family only coming home on school break. The worse part, I was sent by airlift a thousand miles away to the big city which was the capital where I got lost and struggled to survive on my own. This was to follow my father s dream and challenge what he himself had little chance to complete. My grandparents had pulled my father out of school in the third grade since like many Hmong back in those days, they were very skeptical about schools. As little boy, a mountaineer tribe boy, I wore a shirt that had no buttons, pants that had no belt to hold it up and I wore no shoes. I struggled and lived through many life-threatening events and surviving while pursuing my dream. Despite all the obstacles I can proudly say, been there and done that. I graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree of Letters in French Studies. I was promoted to be the youngest professor in the country known as E.S.P of Dongdok which in the French is Ecole superieure de Pedagogie de Dongdok. I was chosen and sent back to my home village to teach at the College Students Training to help educate students to be grade school teachers for the expanding population of school age children. The college I taught at was known as E.N.I Samthong in French, Ecole Normale d Instituteurs de Samthong. After years of struggling, I finally was able to bring glory and joy home to my parents and reunited the family with stable financial future. By following my parents best advice in the traditional ways. I became a successful man in the family and community.
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Description du livre Personal Histories Publishing, 2010. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0979073154