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…

Hmong New Year (Noj Peb Caug)

As one of my previous blogs stated, it is Hmong New Year.   And I want to clear up some misconceptions of Hmong New Year.  My blog "Hmong Mating Season" was a joke.  The tradition of Hmong New Year has changed its form over the past decades in America that it has become a "season." …

Hmong mating season!

It’s that time of the year!  It is Hmong Mating Season!  Don’t know what it is?  Well, stay tune and you’ll find out. The Hmong are found all over the world, from the US to Canada, SE Asia to China, Australia, France, and Argentina.  Back in the old country, Hmong Mating Season starts after the…

The problem with Hmong New Years

It's Hmong New Year season.  I call it a "season" because Hmong New Year starts in mid-October to the first week of January.  I guess, you can say that it's like the county fairs where every county has its own fair.  Every county (provided that the Hmong community has money) hosts a new year. I…