Desensitized to Racism

During a workshop on diversity, the facilitator put everyone into groups and asked us to discuss our most recent experience of racism. Everyone in my group was stumped. We could not think of a time when we felt someone was being racist towards us. I thought out loud to the group, "Maybe we can't think…

Hmong Talk

"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.…

Hmong Beauty

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…

“What’s Hmong?”

When I was younger, I always dreaded the question, “What’s Hmong?”  I dreaded it, not because I wasn’t proud of being Hmong or because I was ashamed, but because it was and still is a bit complicated to explain to others what Hmong is. You see, many people are programmed to identify an ethnic group…