- Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873514378
- ISBN-13: 978-0873514378
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bamboo Among The Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans 1st Edition
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It's a relief, compared to many other anthologies, which try to find an arbitrary common thread which runs through the works of particular writers, or that seem designed to showcase a who's who among the decade's latest MFA students.
Most of the pieces are actually readable, which sounds like a strange thing to say, unless you've been going through a lot of anthologies these days. It's just the right length so you're not overwhelmed with material, but you also get a good snapshot of where Hmong writing is headed, and how good it can get.
Not all of the pieces are perfect, mind you. Not all of them are family friendly. Some come from some pretty dark corners of the human mind, even. But for a culture and a community that is only just now starting to develop a written tradition, the results that are emerging are fascinating.
Some will have very clear influences from other major writers and schools of thought, while others are immensely original.
The great strength of this anthology, however, is that it does not allow you to walk away with a preset stereotype about who the Hmong are. You will see the great diversity of visions within the community, and you will walk away wanting more.
And in the end, isn't that what any good anthology should do?