Personal

What’s in a Name?

My name is MaiBao. The Hmong RPA spelling of MaiBao is Maiv Npauj. Maiv means “girl,” “miss,” or “little girl.” (Maiv can be used by itself to call someone significantly younger than you. For example, an elderly woman can call a young Hmong woman, “Maiv” without having to use her name). Npauj means “moth.” MaiBao or Maiv Npauj is pronounced… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Social Issues

Building Our Future: Champions Against Abusive International Marriages

The first time I heard about abusive international marriages (AIM) was at the Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno, CA in April 2013. Presented by Kabzuag Vaj (Freedom Inc), Nancy Xiong (George Mason University), and Pa Vang (University of Wisconsin), “Abusive International Marriage – Transnational Domestic Violence” was a workshop to present a report about AIM… Continue reading Building Our Future: Champions Against Abusive International Marriages

Social Issues

“Girls Will Be Happy If They Get Married Crying.”

Warning: Very emotionally tense videos ahead. This is a video of a group of Black Hmong in Sapa, Vietnam. The young girl is being dragged by men who are practicing what we call zij poj niam—in other words, bride-napping. I first saw this video circulating the social network sites at the end of last year. And… Continue reading “Girls Will Be Happy If They Get Married Crying.”

Ramblings

Mi Tes Mi Taw (Hands and Feet)

I felt a lot of emotions watching “Mi Tes Mi Taw” directed by Porsha Phoua Chang. She did a wonderful job telling a story that many of us can identify either with the son, daughter, mother, or daughter-in-law. One of the themes of this short film is gender roles within a traditional Hmong family. I’ve blogged about gender… Continue reading Mi Tes Mi Taw (Hands and Feet)

Ramblings

Revisiting “Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys”

On April 30, 2014, I read 3 emails commenting on a blog post I wrote 2 years ago titled “Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys.” The first one commented on how she was hesitant to read my post because she thought it was one to bash Hmong men only to find out that… Continue reading Revisiting “Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys”

Social Issues

Hmong Male Privilege in the Fight Against Domestic Violence

On September 7th, 2013, a Hmong domestic violence (DV) forum was held in Sacramento. This forum was 1 of 4 held simultaneously across the US on the same day as a memorial service for Pa Nhia Vue, a domestic violence murder victim, and to bring awareness about DV in the Hmong community. I was unable… Continue reading Hmong Male Privilege in the Fight Against Domestic Violence