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The Hmong of China: Context, Agency, and the Imaginary

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In this work Nicholas Tapp has written down the results of his extensive fieldwork in a Hmong (or Miao) village in Sichuan. This first ever ethnography of a remarkable Chinese/Thai minority convincingly argues that Hmong culture cannot be understood in isolation from Chinese culture, whose dominant influence has shaped it to such an enormous extent. Still, the Hmong have always been creative participants in fashioning their own history from fragments of a forgotten past. The work deals with major issues concerning their ...

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