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Mienh.net
Read about the history, language, clothing and folktales of the Iu-Mien, or Mien. See recent news and happenings, download the latest Mien music and check out features and advice columns.

IuMien.com
This online resource contains news articles, a chat forum, event listings and downloadable Mien pop songs and lyrics.

The Sacramento Bee: “A Personal Story”
In an interview with her hometown newspaper, Fahm Fong Saeyang talks about the making of DEATH OF A SHAMAN and her work with the local Mien community.

AsianWeek.com: “Lao Iu Mien Culture Center Breaks Ground”
Learn about the America’s first Mien cultural center and its roots in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wildflowers Institute: Community Patterns
This community development organization features a map, a community portrait and articles about the Mien of Oakland, California. Find links by scrolling down the right column to “Lao Iu Mien Community.”

Frommer’s Thailand: The People
Find out more about the six main ethnic hill tribes of Northern Thailand and their languages, rituals and beliefs. Get additional information on the Mien tribe.

Moving Mountains: The Story of the Yiu Mien
Produced and directed by Elaine Velazquez
(Filmmakers’ Library, 1989, 58 minutes)
Narrated by Mien Americans, this film details the contrasts between life in Laos and in the U.S. for Mien refugees.

Peoples of the Golden Triangle: Six Tribes in Thailand
By Elaine Lewis and Paul Lewis
(Thames & Hudson, 1998)
The results of decades of research and experience, this book includes more than 700 photographs of six Northern Thailand hill tribes: the Karen, Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Akha and Lisu.

Ban Vinai: the Refugee Camp
By Lynellen D. Long
(Columbia University Press, 1993)
An account of daily life in Ban Vanai, a camp in Northern Thailand where Mien refugees lived after escaping Laos.

Laos: Politics, Economics and Society
By Martin Stuart-Fox
(Pinter, 1986)
An overview of Laos since the 1975 revolution.

Air America: The Story of the CIA’s Secret Airlines
By Christopher Robbins
(Avon, 1990)
Robbins examines American’s secret policy in Laos during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Shamanism

PBS: The Split Horn
This documentary chronicles the journey of a Hmong shaman and his family from the mountains of Laos to Appleton, Wisconsin. Learn more about shamanism, Hmong rituals and culture.

SF Weekly: “The Shaman’s Apprentice”
Meet 15-year-old Kao Kae Saephanh, an aspiring shaman who serves as an apprentice at shamanic ceremonies in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Mien community.

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Anthropologist Michael Harner founded the FSS in 1985 to preserve, study and transmit shamanic knowledge worldwide. Read articles such as “Community Shamanism” and “Shamanism and Peacemaking.”

I Am a Shaman
By Dwight Conquergood. Paja Thao and Xa Thao
(Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1989)
A Hmong shaman’s life story, with ethnographic commentary.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
By Anne Fadiman
(Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1998)
When Lia Lee, the daughter of Hmong immigrants, entered the American medical system as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication as Western medicine clashed with shamanistic healing practices.

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