What It Means To Be A Hmong Girl

"What It Means To Be A Hmong Girl" By Maly Yang It means to be a daughter, to become an outsider and a stranger to the family you grew up with It means to be a wife, bounded for life to your husband and his clan It means to be a mother, to love, laugh,…

I Am A Hmong Woman

“I am a Hmong Woman” by Pang Hang The ground burns like fire as I walk Passing by the trees that speaks to my heart I am making the pathways of my life By holding to my heart with my head held high I know that I have to respect my traditions and cultures I…

Hmong views on domestic violence

The Hmong are very resistant to change.  It’s because of our refusal to change our culture that we were in war with the Chinese for such a long time.  In Asia, the Hmong mainly live in remote regions, so they practice their culture with no interference.  They are slower to assimilate.  In America, we live…

Traditional Hmong weddings and marriages

The Hmong consists of 18 last (sur) names, making up 18 official clans.  It is taboo to marry someone from the same clan.  For instance, someone with the Yang last name cannot marry another Yang.  In some families, it is also taboo to marry someone with the same clan name as your mother's maiden name.…

The Hmong patriarchy and values

The Hmong culture is very patriarchal.  The men make the rules and the women follow them.  The men are the clan leaders.  The men are the head of the families.  The men make all the “big” decisions.  Sons are valuable assets to a family because they are the ones who will carry on the clan…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States.  I am dedicating this month's blog posts to something that I am very passionate about: Domestic Violence (DV), especially in the Hmong community.  Each blog entry during this month will be a segment of how Hmong traditions/traditional norms set the state for…