I found this beautiful paj huam (Hmong poem) that Nujtxeeg posted on the Hmongza forum, telling the story of Nkauj Hnub (Maiden of the Sun) and Nraug Hli (Man of the Moon). This story describes the tragic love story of Nkauj Hnub and Nraug Hli, who will forever yearn for each other’s love and are only allowed… Continue reading Nkauj Hnub thiab Nraug Hli
Dear Father, A reader suggested on Facebook a year ago that I write a blog for Father’s Day. To be completely honest, I have no idea where to start. It’s something that I haven’t done and have never even thought of doing. However, I want to do this. I am sitting here in front of… Continue reading On this Father’s Day
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
I have been noticing a trend as friends and family are getting married over the recent years. I have observed that it is completely okay for a girlfriend to lack in the cooking, cleaning, and other “womenly” duties department, but once she’s married, she is expected to conform to traditional roles. What is the difference… Continue reading Hmong Wife vs. Hmong Girlfriend
Oh my gosh! It has been almost two months! Where have I been? I have been to the moon and back. April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). I volunteered to be a part of the SAAM planning committee at work, so I spent half of March and April stressing over it. Kind of bittersweet… Continue reading Update Update Update!!!
Oh dear, where do I begin. I have been absent from the online world (no Facebook, no Twitter, no news sites, no nothing) for the past couple of days due to a nasty cold that left me unable to get out of bed. As I am feeling a lot better today (minus my sexy voice),… Continue reading Zerlina Maxwell, Rape Prevention, and Guns
Dear girlfriend of my abusive ex; We don’t know each other, but I am sure you have heard a lot about me, as I have about you. I am the crazy psycho ex-girlfriend of your boyfriend. It has been brought to my attention that my name is still being uttered in your presence—by him and… Continue reading Letter to the Girlfriend of my Abusive Ex
Hmong National Development, Inc (HND) is a non-profit organization based out of Washington DC. Its mission is to empower the “Hmong community to achieve prosperity and equality through education, research, policy advocacy and leadership development.” HND hosts a conference every other year to bring together leaders, educators, professionals, advocates, and individuals to celebrate and discuss… Continue reading The Journey Forward: The Next Chapter of Hmong Americans
This isn’t a regular blog entry. I just wanted to pass on the word for all undergrad students out there. “The Hmong American Education Fund is pleased to announce that applications are currently open to Hmong students seeking a scholarship to fund their education. Please visit the website http://www.thehaef.org/scholarshipsservices.html for more information. We have several… Continue reading Hmong American Education Fund
I should’ve done this a week ago, but I guess it’s better late than never. I want to announce that the winner for my first A Hmong Woman Giveaway is “Krissy.” I have already contacted her and is working on the scarf. I do hope to do more giveaways in the future, so don’t be… Continue reading Winner for A Hmong Woman Giveaway
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 76,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that… Continue reading 2012 in Review
I have reached a huge milestone: reaching 100k+ views. I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting, and valuing my blog. It means so much to me knowing that people do care and appreciate my ramblings. This giveaway is open worldwide. It starts now and will end on January 9th at 11:59pm. Yes, this giveaway… Continue reading A Hmong Woman Giveaway (CLOSED)!!!
“White people don’t know anything about ethnicity. They think all orientals are either Japanese or Chinese. You see, I’m half Black, and White people do not pick up on that, but Blacks and other people do.” She looked at me intently for a few seconds. “I know you’re Filipino.” I smiled and shook my head.… Continue reading Hmong Talk
My family and I have survived the zombie apocalypse, along with the meteors, earthquakes, tsunami waves, and aliens abducting Tom Cruise. Yesterday was the most disasterrific day of my life! I am thankful to be alive, although I am hiding out in a shelter, away from the flesh-eating creatures outside. I really want to know,… Continue reading Did We All Make it Out Alive?
I am still recovering from the shooting in Newton, CT. As I read about what happened, I think of my own children with teary eyes. I think of all those innocent children who didn’t have a chance to live their full life. I think of all the grieving family who would never see their children… Continue reading Should We Have Stricter Gun Control Laws?
“Act like you’re married,” my mom used to always scold me. How must married women people act? I never took a course in high school or college on how to behave like a married person. My mom taught me to cook and clean. Actually, I take that back—she told me I should watch others so… Continue reading Five Musts and Must Nots of Married People
The holidays are approaching. The mall just had their tree-lighting ceremony last weekend. I already see Christmas decorations and Christmas merchandise in department stores way before Halloween. Every year, Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier. One of my family’s Christmas traditions is to take a walk down Christmas Tree Lane. Three years ago, we… Continue reading On Santa’s Lap
I will never forget a conversation I had with an acquaintance of mine. Seeing how “well-behaved” my spouse is, she asked how I trained him so well. “Excuse me?” I asked, confused as to what she was referring to. “I mean, train him to be such a good husband. He lets you go out with… Continue reading How to Train Your Man
Our apartment was small. Because we didn’t have enough room, we put the computer in the small dining room and ate in the living room. The kitchen itself, was roughly about 7 by 4 feet. There was a small pantry. The fridge was at one end of the kitchen and faced the direction of stove.… Continue reading Casper, the Poltergeist (part 2)
Here is another tale of the supernatural for Halloween: Mermaid and I got acquainted with “Casper” when we moved into an 850 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with his younger brothers. I am not sure if my brothers-in-law ever experienced anything out of the ordinary, but my Mermaid and I sure did. I… Continue reading Casper, the Poltergeist
It’s October! And I finally have time to sit in front of my computer to blog. Because it is October, I will be sharing stories of the supernatural. These are stories that have happened to either myself or friends or family. Most of them are not scary, although they may make you stop and wonder… Continue reading My New Friend
I hear many people talk about love as something to fight for. We see it and hear it everywhere: the media, online, friends, family, quotes. If you search online for inspirational love quotes, you will come upon a feast of them. Love is battlefield. It’s us against the world. Nothing can come between us. If… Continue reading Love and Respect
I had been wanting to write this blog for some time now. I just never had the motivation until one day, while I was working on the last installment of the “My Mermaid” series, I found a poem in my dusty poetry binder from oh-so-long ago. It was titled “Fucken Sister.” I was shocked with… Continue reading Sisters, Dearest
One question I get asked a lot growing up is, “What is Hmong?” It was annoying, but I have grown to live with it and answer it accordingly to how I feel at the moment and by whom. Another question I get asked as much is, “Are you really Hmong?” The former is asked by… Continue reading Hmong Beauty
This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I was 19 years old, going to be a sophomore in college. I thought about how a child would affect my life and that of… Continue reading My Mermaid (Part 5)