A Hmong Wife’s Role

I came upon this scan of a Hmong text in a forum.  The original poster had stated that this reading material was used in a Hmong class at Washington Tech High School in Saint Paul, MN. It created great dislike within this group of Hmong women. Translation: A Hmong wife's responsibility is to oversee everything in…

Jealousy: The infamous green-eyed monster

My brother and mom's argument last night reminded me of something that happened when I was about 10 years old.  My mom had just bought my three younger sisters and me new bathing suits for summer.  She asked us to try them on.  My brother asked my mom where his was.  She replied that she…

Family get-togethers

We had a family get-together yesterday. I don’t like going to these “family get-togethers” because it doesn’t involve the married women (sisters/aunts) in the family. In the Hmong culture, once a girl marries, she is no longer a part of her mother and father’s family. The ancestors that she calls to and worships will be…

The good wife’s guide

(Source: Housekeeping Monthly: May 13, 1955) I was looking through my volunteer training binder, just trying to refresh on somethings I learned, when I came across an article a fellow volunteer brought to the training.  It's called, "The good wife's guide." Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal…