A Hmong boyhood
James was born in a Hmong village, high on a mountain in Laos. As a young child, he spent an hour every day carrying water up from the spring below the village. He also helped with farming, went to school, and built a tricycle for exciting rides down the hill.
As a teenager, he moved to Luang Prabang so he could attend high school. He learned English, worked part-time, and in his spare time, he and his brother built a new house for their parents. Here he tells the story of his life, up to age seventeen.
by James Xiong, photographs by Big Brother Mouse staff and James Xiong
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