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Dust of Life: A True Ban Vinai Love Story

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Dust of Life: A True Ban Vinai Love Story is the first novel of G. Y. Lee. It was first published in 2004.


It takes you on the romantic journey of Mua, a young Hmong man. Shortly after completing his university studies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was asked by Pufua, a refugee girl in Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand to help sponsor her and her family for settlement in the United States. Although he barely knew her, he traveled to Thailand to see what he could do. It was agreed that if they got on well, he would marry her and apply for her and her family to come and live with him in the USA.[1]

Things are not straightforward and Pufua is reluctant to wed after a series of events in the refugee camp, unbeknownst to Mua. Slowly and surely he begins to work out what has happened.


  1. ^ "Dust of Life: A True Ban Vinai Love Story". HMONG ABC. Retrieved 2024-02-06.