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.
Ge Xiong a former teacher and Hmong refugee from Laos arrived in Shabbona Illinois on January 17 1979 at age 26 without a word of English. While working full-time Xiong persistently endeavored to learn English. He now has a bachelor's degree in educational policy and community study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His community service and involvement are widely known in the Hmong community throughout Wisconsin.