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WWW Hmong Homepage
Created in 1994, this volunteer-run site brings together Internet-based resources related to Hmong news and current events, issues, history, publications and culture.

Hmong National Development
This national advocacy group advocates for self-sufficiency, improvement in education and resource development in the Hmong community. This site offers extensive resources, including farm and business development and citizen and cultural education information.

Hmong Studies Journal
This online journal devoted to the scholarly discussion of Hmong history and culture includes a wide variety of articles examining the Hmong experience.

Lao Family Community of Minnesota Hmong cultural information page
This section of the LFC's website provides valuable cultural training tips to help non-Hmong people interact better with the Hmong community by presenting the Hmong worldview and frame of reference.
This community-based Web site features interactive elements including polls, chats, message forums, email accounts and photo galleries.

Virtual Hmong
Virtual Hmong aims both to educate the public about Hmong culture and to preserve Hmong traditions, customs and beliefs. This site offers online matchmaking, Hmong recipes, links to personal homepages, travel, Hmong-owned businesses and more.

University of California, Irvine Hmong Textiles
This university site features a collection of images of Hmong textiles, including descriptions and illustrations of design patterns and storycloths by Hmong Americans.

Hmong Cultural Center
Established by 18 different clans in St. Paul, this cultural center's website features an online catalog of language materials, books and articles, Hmong census data and information on the Hmong perspective, games, courtship and rituals.

Hmong Universe
Site includes extensive links to issues relating to Hmong communities around the world, including social programs, costumes, education, language and writings.

Asian Shamanism
Detailed information on shamanism, with an emphasis on Hmong practices. Links to related sites about shamanism in other cultures.

The Hmong in America
A transcript from Lehrer News Hour's report on Hmong involvement in the Vietnam War.


I Am a Shaman: A Hmong Life Story with Ethnographic Commentary by Dwight Conquergood, ethnographer; Paja Thao, shaman and Xa Thao, translator (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1989).

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997).

Myths, Legends & Folk Tales from the Hmong of Laos as told by Pa Chou Yang [et al.] ; written and translated by Se Yang [et al.] ; edited by Charles Johnson (Macalester College Linguistics Department, 1992).


"Teenage Shaman" by Bernice Yeung, San Francisco Weekly


Being Hmong Means Being Free highlights the history, culture and identity of the Hmong immigrants who have settled in the United States between 1975 and the early 1990s.

Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America
Produced by Taggart Siegel & Dwight Conquergood
This film documents the Hmong refugees who have been transplanted from their agrarian mountain villages in northern Laos to cities in the U.S. Living in high-rise tenements, they bring their ancient shamanic rituals and ceremonies to urban America.

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