Hmong Culture Clash: Hmong Trouble in the United States, Hmong Society Challenges in the U.S.
Adventures of a Hmong girl and her Korean husband. My husband says most Korean women do not follow this tradition as much anymore. For both my by Hmong Girl Loves Korean Boy in Relationship, Uncategorized. The Hmong people are an ethnic group currently native to several countries, believed to have come from the Yangtze river basin area in southern China. He chastises Hmong women for failing to date Hmong men, but is quickly courtship are played out in traditional Hmong and Korean societies.
The first area is lined with games: Fish, sausage, fried chicken feet, sticky rice, garlic, onion, and the ubiquitous lemongrass permeate my senses just as a shot of hot pepper smacks the searing skillet next to me and, akin to a carnival dart, drills the back of my throat to send me scurrying along. I abruptly find myself among hundreds of young Hmong men and women standing facing one another, tossing a cloth ball back and forth. Here I have stumbled into one of the most important rituals of this Hmong New Year, courtship.
Hmong society is divided into clans and these clan groups are exogamous, meaning Hmong may not marry within their own clan group. As traditional Hmong villages are small, and the majority of the year is dedicated to the planting, care, and harvest of rice, this significantly slims ones chances of finding a partner. Hence the importance of the Hmong New Year, a celebration of the end of harvest-thus, the beginning of a new year-a giving of thanks so that a new life may begin.
Just as the present mirrors the past, there were Americans who feared that a communist spy would hide among us and threaten the security of the United States.
For those who did not live through that time or do not remember, fear of communism was real! Many refugees leave their homes as a last resort, risking their lives for a chance at surviving. Who wants their child to grow up, surrounded by death, a crumbling homeland, war and bombs? Who wants to put their child in danger, going on an arduous journey, one in which the parent risks losing their child and their own lives? Staying to die is worse than fleeing to die.
HMONG NEW YEAR in Laos
My parents had to make that tough decision for me and my older siblings when Laos fell to the communist Pathet Lao. They trekked through the jungles of Laos, with only sandals on their feet, a bag of rice, dragging three little ones for 2 months to reach Thailand during the monsoon season. My mother tells me that for some odd and merciful reason, I was a quiet baby even though I got wet from the rain. Many crying babies were either abandoned in the jungle or given opium to silence their cries since they were a security risk.
My family was able to make the journey in secret without attracting the Pathet Lao solders until we reached the Mekong River.
I hope others will emulate her compassionate attitude. I remember my first meeting with the local association of Hmong in the neighborhood. I don't know who was more curious: Or the group of about fifty Asian men who had gathered there.South Korea Study Abroad (My Experience)
I knew nothing about them and there was little in the way of reference material. So I resorted to what I would do in my Native American communities and asked if someone could direct me to some elders who would be willing to help me learn. I found several wonderful men to help as translators including Joua Kao Vang and others. I would spend an hour or two a day, off duty three of four days a week with various men and women and a translator while they told me of history, tradition and recounted harrowing stories of escapes and the secret war.
I was invited to naming ceremonies, healing ceremonies, wedding, funeral, Hmong New Year, etc. One of my favorite "adventures" was when I intervened when a family was cited for sacrificing a chicken and got the DA to withdraw the charge. I had to tell one family they couldn't raise chickens in the basement of their center city apartment.
When they tried "freedom of religion" as an excuse, I explained sacrificing a chicken might be under freedom of religion and I would defend that vigorously. However trying to raise fifty chickens in their basement wasn't under freedom of religion especially as they were selling and eating those chickens.
I went on to talk to them about how it was not sanitary and healthy to do so in crowded city situations. They understood and in a few days had disposed of the chickens.
In the meantime, I located several farmers who were willing to provide chickens, pigs, and even cattle for religious ceremonies at practically their cost for raising them if the animals were for religious ceremonies. The farmers even provided a place to perform any rituals. I worked on getting some of the families community garden plots including my chicken family.
They now own a small farm and are doing quite well and sell at the local farmers market. I found most of the things they got in trouble legally for were out of ignorance and not malice. A local attorney who worked pro bono and I set up classes about American law and what to do if you got a ticket. The first two were sparsely attended, after that there was standing room only.
I also gave inservice classes at the police department about the Hmong and brought in speakers from their community. One of the things officers would complain about was that they "conveniently forgot English".
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I could attest to how one forgot a second language under stress such as being confronted by a police officer. I had lived in Germany and did not speak a word of German the day I arrived. About two years later, I was in an accident. Although my German was quite fluent, I could not remember one word at the accident. It was anything but convenient.
I loved my time working with the Hmong. I found them remarkable. They were courageous, polite, friendly, eager to learn, and so lonely for home. The dreams of the older Hmong of returning home, like those of so many immigrants before, would never be for most of them. As their children became Americans who never saw or had a memory of Laos, you could see the pain in the parents faces knowing they would never return. They work to preserve language and culture and have added so much to the tapestry of life here in Wisconsin.
I would have done anything for information that is available on the web and in libraries today back in Lora Lee Fry asked that I mention name of an attorney who made many efforts to help with the Hmong people. The attorney was John Beaudin, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Anishinabe Ojibwe or Chippewa tribe in northern Wisconsin, who sadly passed away in from cancer only 46 years old.
I had never done any public speaking, worked with any groups problem solving, taught a class, etc. He reminded me of Native American traditions and learning from elders. Most of the ideas and approaches were from him. He and his wife became two of the best friends I have ever had. Things would not have been possible without him.
Police officers, lawyers, ministers, neighbors, whoever you are, I salute those who treat newcomers like the Hmong with kindness and respect. Thanks, Lora, for letting me share your memories of working with the Hmong. The Wisconsin Hunter Murders: Paul, Minnesota, was hunting in Wisconsin, sitting in a tree stand that other hunters had made. When the hunters that had made the stand showed up, an argument ensued.
The details are unclear, but Chai Vang appears to have snapped and opened fire on the group, killing some right away. One man radioed to their base group for help, and three other hunters ran onto the scene, two of which were also shot and killed.
In the end, Chai Vang killed six Anglos and left a couple others injured. He was apprehended later and is now being questioned. We do not know the full story yet, and we must avoid thinking like a lynch mob.
However, his story actually agrees with the story of the survivors except for a couple of points: Chai Vang says the group made racial slurs against him and threatened him, and that one of the other hunters shot at him, striking the ground about 30 feet away.
The survivors deny this and say that he fired first.
Even if Chai's story is correct, shooting into the ground 30 feet away hardly justifies shooting directly at people and killing six mostly unarmed men, in my opinion I understand there was only one gun among them. It seems like a clear case of murder - but we must wait for a jury verdict. But I think we all agree that even if there was racism and bad behavior on the part of other people, this would never justify violence.
We must wait for the details to unfold through fair legal processes - I've had several people non-Hmong tell me that there may be more than meets the eye to this story. Importantly, the Hmong community is not making excuses for his action, and strongly condemns the killings.
Both Anglos and Hmong grieve over what happened. This incident is a bizarre exception that is in no way characteristic of Hmong people and culture. Hmong hunters and Hmong people in general do not have a track record of striking out in violence against whites. They are not crazies who can be easily provoked into murder.
However, based on the mail I have received from whites on this topic, it is clear that racial tensions have been greatly strained, and that racism is alive and well among us. I have been contacted by a number of people who use Chai Vang's crime as an excuse to vilify the entire Hmong people or Asians in general. Here are some actual e-mails I have received in the latter half of November For each of these, please recognize that there are many people in the US with the same names, so don't assume that someone you know of the same name is the one who sent the email.
Also, the names given may not be their real names. The first one comes from a person who identifies himself as Mark Lawrence; his note was received on Nov. After reading the news articles about the Hmong mass murderer in Wisconsin that killed 5 unarmed, defenseless, innocent victims, I take great joy in reading of the suffering of this wayward, degenerate group as described in your bleeding heart, wimpy, crybaby website.
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The silent majority in America would prefer that all these worthless leeches go back to Laos. If they can't understand the concept of private property and respect landowner rights then they are in the wrong country. It's quite obvious to me why the Laotian got wants to exterminate this vermin. Too bad this whole mess didn't perish in the Vietnam War. What a pathetic collection of human garbage this group is, particularly their poster boy that's gonna fry in the chair when the authorities get done with him.
When they execute this psycho, you will hear the celebrations from all over the United States. Here is one from Donald Petzold, received Nov. No More Mongs, in this country. Here is one from "Sherrie" from Nov. Hasn't America been invaded enough for you nutjobs! YOU need to go live among them. You liberals are either insane, stupid or truly evil. Again, you need to go live with your own people. Uh, Sherrie - they are Americans, and we do live with them, like it or not.
Our government that represents us invited the Hmong people here after we messed things up for them in their land. They are here now, and we need to learn to work with them and help them as new fellow Americans. Anger and racism is not going to do any good.