"After the Hmong fled atrocities in southern China, they became trapped in a civil war in Laos and involved in an alliance with the United States, fighting against the Communists expansion in Indochina during the Vietnam War. The Hmong who sided with the United States in the war, however, faced unimaginable suffering. In A World Without Boundaries, Ge Xiong weaves details of haunting and vivid accounts of the suffering of a people in a social and political culture that perpetuated nepotism, corruption, and wars, while fostering inequality among ethnicities, genders, and socio-economic castes. This a story of acts of bloodshed, heartbreak, love, and sacrifice, and--above all--of a people who continue to endure many difficulties, yet strive to achieve a better life in an increasingly complex world after they have lost everything."--Amazon.com.
Part I. How it got started. The world of nature, the world of men ; A natural way of life engulfed by fire ; The airplane rice and the singing box ; A move that changed my view of the world ; Fleeing the human killing storm -- Part II. The raging fire. Facing the worst fears ; A social/political culture of despair ; Goodbye, Sam Thong ; Long Chieng, the legendary Hmong city ; Hmong students striving for success -- Part III. The aftermath. Becoming a teacher ; Youa's story: "Saving the Sun" ; The cease-fire and the false peace ; At the mercy of the tiger ; Sheep without a field -- Epilogue