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For children, 4-8 years

  • Dia Cha, Dia's Storycloth (Hmong)
  • Steve Epstein, Lao Folktales: Xieng Mieng: The Cleverest Man in the Kingdom
  • Steve Epstein, Lao Folktales: Tesles of Turtles, Tigers and Toads
  • Lowland Lao/Lao Lum (four downloadable storybooks)
  • Blia Xiong, Nancy Hom (illus), Nine-In-One: Grrr! Grrr! (Hmong)
  • Dolly Brittan, The People of Laos

For adults

  • Grant Evans, A Short History of Laos: The Land in Between
  • Brett Dakin, Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos
  • Stephen Mansfield, Culture Shock! Laos (Culture Shock! Guides)
  • Martin Stuart-Fox, A History of Laos
  • Bnounyavong Outhine, Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos
  • Mai Neng Moua, Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans
  • Pegi Deitz Shea, The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee's Story
  • Lillian Faderman, I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
  • Connors, Mary, Lao Textiles and Traditions. Images of Asia Series. Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Cooper, Robert. The Hmong, A Guide to Traditional Lifestyles. Times Editions, Ltd., 1998.
  • Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
  • Kanlaya, Dara. Legends in the Weaving. Group for Promotion of Art and Lao Textiles and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, 2001.
  • Mansfield, Stephen. Lao Hill Tribes: Traditions and Patterns of Existence. Oxford University Press, 2000 (2002).

Articles and Print

  • Bacthi, Siang, InNgeun Baccam Soulinthavong, Jack Lufkin, 'So We Stayed Together': The Tai Dam Immigrate to Iowa. Palimpsest 69:4 (1988): 163-172.
  • Koltyk, Jo Ann. 1993. Self-Documentation of Life in the Old and New Country. Journal of American Folklore 106:422(Autumn 1993): 435-449.
  • Peterson, Sally Nina. Translating Experience and the Reading of a Story Cloth. Journal of American Folklore 101:399(March 1988): 6-22.
  • Saltzman, Rachelle H. Lao. Encyclopedia of American Folklife. Simon J. Bronner, ed. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe: 2006.
  • Iowa Asian Alliance, Iowa Asian Resource Directory, '04-'05



  • "The Bamboo Street Musician: Thai and Laos Remix" (CD)

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