The Loss of Tongue and Tradition. "The Hmong of Australia: Culture and Diaspora" by Nicholas Tapp and Gary Yia Lee (eds.) [review]
This book is mostly based on proceedings at an anthropology conference at the ANU in 2002. It 'aims to bring knowledge of the Hmong to a wider public and contribute to the understanding of these people'. The sections by Tapp and Lee will have greatest appeal to non-specialists. The others read rather like research papers presented for peer review — with an eye to academic advancement — rather than for general access. Nonetheless, even the often highly technical contributions on music and language, by Catherine Falk and Nerida Jarkey, respectively, have their place in such a university publication.