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The Myth of Sonom, the Hmong King

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Author(s): Robert Entenmann

Journal: Hmong Studies Journal
ISSN 1091-1774

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Hmong Studies | Asian History | Asian Studies

ABSTRACT
This paper discusses the inaccurate designation of Sonom, an important figure in 18th centuryChinese history as a Hmong king. The myth of Sonom as a Hmong historical figure has gained currency through its inclusion in several widely read written works related to Hmong-Americans published over the past decade. The article clarifies the actual historical identity of Sonom and the likely route by which he became misidentified by some writers as being of Hmong origin.

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