I volunteer at […], my local non-profit organization that works to empower victims and survivors of domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA). In July, as part of our cultural awareness program, I was asked to do a presentation on barriers Hmong women face in seeking help for DV and SA. I was ecstatic because… Continue reading Barriers to Hmong women seeking help in the community
Earlier this year, my family and I took a vacation to San Diego. On our way down, we stopped at a vista point. A man offered us some peanuts to feed the ground squirrels. He assumed that since we spoke Hmong, we did not speak English. So, he spoke broken English to me and my… Continue reading Don’t assume someone doesn’t speak English
“Love is when he is mean to you and you still want him. It’s when he ignores you and you still love him. It’s when he loves another girl, but you still smile and say I’m happy for you, when all you really want to do is cry.” I found this quote online while searching… Continue reading “Love is when he is mean to you….”
A few of years ago, Dear Spouse’s niece exclaimed, “Auntie, I know how to say door in Spanish.”“Dora, the Explorer” was one of her favorite children’s television shows at that time. I wondered if she had learned that from “Dora.” “How?” I asked. “Qhob rooj!” I gasped in surprise, “That’s not Spanish! That’s Hmong. And… Continue reading I am not Hmong; And I don’t speak Spanish!