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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)

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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”

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Reflections and Afterthoughts: 16th HND Conference

I spent the first weekend of April in Fresno at the 16th Hmong National Development Conference (HNDC). Two days filled with people (majority of them Hmong) from all over the United States and China. I attended workshops, met many interesting people, had great conversations, and built new friendships. I heard about the conference two years… Continue reading Reflections and Afterthoughts: 16th HND Conference

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Thanksgiving; The Neglected Holiday

Thanksgiving.  Oh, yes—the holiday that marks the start of European colonists invading and exterminating thousands of indigenous people in America.  Children are taught in schools that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and appreciation—like how the Pilgrims thanked the Native Americans for helping them survive their first harsh winter by inviting them to a… Continue reading Thanksgiving; The Neglected Holiday

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8 things people do on Facebook that annoy me

1.     Update every second of every hour about everything they’re thinking and/or doing. “I just ate this bomb-ass meal!”  “What should I wear today?”  “Hanging out tonight!”  “I miss that person.”  “Getting ready for work!”  Do we really need to know all this?  It reminds me of Rebbecca Black’s “Friday”—Seven a.m., waking up in the… Continue reading 8 things people do on Facebook that annoy me

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The little things in life make the biggest impact.

Sometimes, we get too involved in life that we forget about the things that really matter.  Instead of appreciating what we already have, we dwell on the things that we want (from others and/or material things) and don’t get.  It makes us bitter and mean.  And sometimes, we let our foolishness destroy our lives. In… Continue reading The little things in life make the biggest impact.

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Baby leashes

It’s cute.  It’s cuddly.  It’s soft.  But most importantly, it keeps your child safe.  It’s been around for years!  Every parent recommends it.  Every parent needs it!  If you have small children and care for their safety, why not get one?  BABY LEASHES! Child safety leash backpack.  Child safety harness.  Child 2-in-1 safety (leash and… Continue reading Baby leashes