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Musical Minorities: The Sounds of Hmong Ethnicity in Northern Vietnam

Lonán Ó Briain


Musical Minorities is the first English-language monograph on the performing arts of an ethnic minority in Vietnam. Living primarily in the northern mountains, many of the one million Hmong in Vietnam have strategically maintained their cultural distance from foreign invaders and encroaching state agencies for almost two centuries. They use cultural heritage as a means of maintaining a resilient community identity, malleable to their everyday needs and to negotiations among themselves and with others in the vicinity. Case studies of revolutionary songs, countercultural rock, traditional vocal ... More

Keywords: music, minority, ethnicity, identity, ethnomusicology, anthropology, sound studies, Vietnam, Hmong, postsocialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190626969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190626969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lonán Ó Briain, author
Assistant Professor of Music, University of Nottingham