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The impossibility of self: An essay on the Hmong Diaspora

Tapp, Nicholas


This is a work of ethnographic reflection on Hmong society, history and culture, dealing with questions of the self and the notion that a romantic self inspired the ethos of hedonism associated with the consumer economy. A Hmong identity is shown to have been historically constructed through the works of colonial missionaries, linguists, and anthropologists. Yet Hmong voices have also been powerful in this process. Based on recent fieldwork in Asia and overseas, the Hmong diaspora is examined....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Book


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