The transformation of Hmong people in Vietnam to Protestantism is notable not merely for the size—with an approximated 300,000 Hmong Protestants in Vietnam away from a basic populace of more than one million Hmong in Vietnam—but additionally due to the fact very first converts stumbled on faith through radio broadcasts. This guide examines such a tale by way of a lens that is sociological. Tam Ngo lived with Hmong Protestants in north Vietnam. Her interviews and findings supply the back ground for the research. The guide provides source that is unique for understanding conversion in Southeast Asia, specially among the Hmong in Vietnam.

It really is no effortless task to account fully for the Hmong Protestant motion in Vietnam. The easiest description is the fact that millenarian expectation in Hmong tradition blended well utilizing the Protestant message. But comparable millenarian tendencies can be viewed in most of East Asia. Ngo reminds us regarding the Taiping Rebellion in nineteenth-century Asia along with the Hoa H?o motion in twentieth-century Vietnam.

Ngo concludes that no theory that is single account totally for conversion about this scale.

Yet as being a tentative recommendation, she proposes that Protestantism provides an alternative solution road to modernity for Hmong people, the one that bypasses their state worldview of Vietnam (10).