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Author Moua, Mai Neng, 1974- author.

Title The bride price : a Hmong wedding story / Mai Neng Moua.

Publication Info. Saint Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.8959 MOUA    Check Shelf
Description 230 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Prologue -- Poob plig (soul-loss) -- The trouble with me -- Niam's bride price -- Unanswered questions -- Who owns what -- Doing the right thing -- Marriage talks -- Damaged goods -- To save a life -- It takes a family -- Not good for the family -- Captured -- Being Hmong and American -- The wedding, take one -- The wedding, take two -- You may now begin your life -- A knot between two clans -- What is it worth? -- When Niam and I last talked -- Hu-plig (soul-calling) -- Finding grandfather -- Finding father -- The truth -- Finding family -- Made whole -- The garden full of weeds -- The year without Niam -- Risk -- Saying nothing at all -- A new beginning.
Summary "A principled decision brings unexpected consequences for a Hmong American woman struggling to reconcile the two cultures--and to be a good daughter while breaking the rules. When Mai Neng Moua decides to get married, her mother, a widow, wants the groom to follow Hmong custom and pay a bride price, which both honors the work the bride's family has done in raising a daughter and offers a promise of love and security from the groom's family. Mai Neng, who knows the pain this tradition has caused, says no. Her husband-to-be supports her choice. What happens next is devastating, and it raises questions about the very meaning of being Hmong in America."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Moua, Mai Neng, 1974-
Yang, Blong -- Family.
Hmong Americans -- Marriage customs and rites.
Bride price.
Hmong American women -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Hmong Americans -- Minnesota -- Social life and customs.
Mothers and daughters -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Children of immigrants -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Married people -- Minnesota -- Saint Paul -- Biography.
Kidneys -- Transplantation -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9781681340364 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
1681340364 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
9781681340371 (ebook)
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