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…

The Journey Forward: The Next Chapter of Hmong Americans

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…

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.…

Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys

I know many Hmong women who refuse to date, let alone marry a Hmong man.  Is this normal?  In my opinion, it's as normal as someone choosing to only marry within their race or ethnicity.  I've heard others criticize and patronize Hmong women who have made this choice (although there have been some progress, interracial/inter-ethnic…