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

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“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.”

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

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Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys

I know many Hmong women who refuse to date, let alone marry a Hmong man.  Is this normal?  In my opinion, it’s as normal as someone choosing to only marry within their race or ethnicity.  I’ve heard others criticize and patronize Hmong women who have made this choice (although there have been some progress, interracial/inter-ethnic… Continue reading Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys