In this section, Vietnamese words are followed by the pronunciations in parentheses. Her cousins, now known as Heather and Lisa, try to help Mai look less like a refugee, but following them means disobeying Grandma and Uncle. In 1995, ten years after their arrival at the camp, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang and her grandmother are about to experience that dream. The symbols on the cloth harken good luck and fortune and tie Mai to her past as she makes a new life in Rhode Island. I think there are some themes in here, specifically rape that occurs in the refugee camps, that would require careful parental discussion, depending on the kid. Mai is a twelve-year-old Hmong girl who has lived almost her entire life in a refugee camp in Thailand. This attractive volume may well provoke a lively discussion on how another culture's holiday can seem both familiar and exotic.
He had been widowed when they first met, and now he is again single, with two young sons, and she is more mature…. Mai's teenage cousins are breaking all the rules and getting into trouble. This archetypal immigrant story introduces readers to the fascinating Hmong culture and offers a unique outsider's perspective on our own. We feel her struggles as her teen years lead to many life important decisions that must be made. Although it can be read alone, it is especially recommended for anyone who has already read Mai's story in the previous books.
It was also a Junior Library Guild selection, and an Orbis Pictus Honor Book selected by the National Council of Teachers of English for one of the six top nonfiction releases of 2009. Mai Yang wanted so to be a good girl, get a good education and stay away from gangs. Even though it left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable, I feel like it provides a valuable message, and it's a read I'd recommend to everyone. Her cousins, now known as Heather and Lisa, try to help Mai look less like a refugee, but following them means disobeying Grandma and Uncle. I remembered their smiles the way people remember the pictures of their loved ones, more than the loved ones th A well-written refugee story for young teens. Mai can't wait to do and have all the luxuries h Tangled threads by: Pegi Deitz Shea is a story about change, feelings and the horrors of the Vietnam war.
Refugees have my total sympathy. Ultimately, she will have to reconcile the old ways with the new, and decide for herself the kind of woman she wants to be. Respectful and dutiful, yet resilient and independent, Mai wrestles with peer pressure and family expectations in a story that will resonate with immigrant students and enlighten others. She lived in a tiny hut with her grandmother, avoiding soldiers, stitching story cloths, and waiting for the day they can leave for America. As the story is told of the difficulties Mai Yang and her grandmother have trying to assimilate into American life, the story of Mai yang's younger years is revealed. We should read this book to our children.
Their new life requires much adjustment from how to use appliances to how to act at school. I think that there are some kids who would read those parts and never really understand what happened to the girls, and that there are some kids who would latch on to the mindset of the Hmong that is described - that the rape victims are dirtied by the attack, even though the blame is not directly laid on the girls by the author or even explicitly by other Hmong characters in the book. Her cousins, now known as Heather and Lisa, try to help Mai look less like a refugee, but following them means disobeying Grandma and Uncle. But, as a 5th grader i also was really into war novels about different american wars and learning about it from the perspective of victims rather than soildiers and american forces but i digress. This friend returns to Lads and leads a traditional Hmong life while Mai is starting anew in America--her letter to Mai tells of an arranged marriage to a much older man who already has several wives.
I would recommend this for kids - but with the caveat that their parents read it first. Possible writing in margins, possible underlining and highlighting of text, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text. Finally they get the word that they can leave for providence to be with her uncle and cousins who had already left. Retrieved Mar 12 2019 from Houghton Mifflin, Clarion. She and her Grandma have been waiting five years to join their only remaining family in Providence, Rhode Island, and the time has finally come.
By Small Town Girl Format: Paperback This is a fascinating story of how immigrants come to our country and learn to acclimate to their new environment. The Somalians I met were experiencing the same this back in the late 90's, early 2000's. There is a large Hmong population where I live, so the title caught my eye, as I realized that for all that, I knew next to nothing about Hmong culture or ancestry by the time I graduated. I think there are some themes in here, specifically rape that occurs in the refugee camps, that would require careful parental discussion, depending on the kid. I have met many refugees through my work.
As a reader I struggled right along with Mai while routing for her to do the right thing as I perceived what the right thing might be for her. At the same time, she explores the wrenching irony of war refugees being thrust into an American youth culture that glamorizes the very violence that has caused Abe so much anguish. But now her grandma relies on her to teach her everything. The Somalians I met were experiencing the same this back in the late 90's, early 2000's. The authors enhance the minimal main text with extensive endnotes, pointing out significant details while describing traditional foods, beliefs, and customs associated with Tet.
The story drew me in and kept me mesmerized as I learned more about Abe and his life. Ultimately, she will have to reconcile the old ways with the new, and decide for herself the kind of woman she wants to be. Mai can't wait to do and have all the luxuries her cousins, see and pa cua have described in their letters. Shea writes with a dynamic simplicity that brings Wright to life. It seems as if everything she does is different than in Thailand and she has to figure them out on her own. First time I had ever heard of the Hmong refugees when this book crossed my desk.
The book serves as a marvelous showcase for Viet Dinh's embroidery; Trang's clean compositions provide the template for the embroidery. Her life is full with dance competitions, friends, and working on a senior project for entrance to her dream school, the Rhode Island School of Design. And as eager as Mei is to go, her grandmother is equally reluctant to leave the life she is familiar with. But grandmother remembers the country before the war, and as difficult as life is within the camp, at least there the life is familiar and grandmother fears there will be no place for her in America. Younger readers can still read this book and gain value from reading it, but it might help to discuss context, content and maybe pair it with other immigration stories. Perhaps most useful for introducing the topic to groups older than the usual picture-book audience, this problematic yet thought-provoking picture book, with earth-toned watercolors.