Social Issues

Building Our Future: Champions Against Abusive International Marriages

The first time I heard about abusive international marriages (AIM) was at the Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno, CA in April 2013. Presented by Kabzuag Vaj (Freedom Inc), Nancy Xiong (George Mason University), and Pa Vang (University of Wisconsin), “Abusive International Marriage – Transnational Domestic Violence” was a workshop to present a report about AIM… Continue reading Building Our Future: Champions Against Abusive International Marriages

Social Issues

“Girls Will Be Happy If They Get Married Crying.”

Warning: Very emotionally tense videos ahead. This is a video of a group of Black Hmong in Sapa, Vietnam. The young girl is being dragged by men who are practicing what we call zij poj niam—in other words, bride-napping. I first saw this video circulating the social network sites at the end of last year. And… Continue reading “Girls Will Be Happy If They Get Married Crying.”

Ramblings

Mi Tes Mi Taw (Hands and Feet)

I felt a lot of emotions watching “Mi Tes Mi Taw” directed by Porsha Phoua Chang. She did a wonderful job telling a story that many of us can identify either with the son, daughter, mother, or daughter-in-law. One of the themes of this short film is gender roles within a traditional Hmong family. I’ve blogged about gender… Continue reading Mi Tes Mi Taw (Hands and Feet)

Ramblings

Revisiting “Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys”

On April 30, 2014, I read 3 emails commenting on a blog post I wrote 2 years ago titled “Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys.” The first one commented on how she was hesitant to read my post because she thought it was one to bash Hmong men only to find out that… Continue reading Revisiting “Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys”

Miscellaneous

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… Continue reading The Journey Forward: The Next Chapter of Hmong Americans

Miscellaneous

Hmong American Education Fund

This isn’t a regular blog entry. I just wanted to pass on the word for all undergrad students out there. “The Hmong American Education Fund is pleased to announce that applications are currently open to Hmong students seeking a scholarship to fund their education. Please visit the website http://www.thehaef.org/scholarshipsservices.html for more information. We have several… Continue reading Hmong American Education Fund

Social Issues

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… Continue reading Why Some Hmong Girls Do Not Date Hmong Boys