Hmong New Year: The Bane of My Adolescence

Oroville Hmong New Year Festival that happened last weekend (first weekend of October) marked the start of the Hmong New Year celebrations. Some cultures celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival), but the Hmong communities start our new year celebrations. Besides the music, performances, food, merchandise booths, and exhibits, the Hmong new year  festivals can be a…

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…