Hmong and the Secret War

The first time I saw my people mentioned in an American history book was sophomore year in college. It was a very brief one sentence side note on the section about the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. "Hmong hill tribes of Laos helped Americans in what was called the 'Secret War' during the…

Refugees of War

Before bed one night, I read The Whispering Cloth, by Pegi Deitz Shea, to my children. It is a story about a little Hmong girl, named Mai, who lives with her grandmother in a refugee camp in Thailand. This story takes place after the Vietnam War. Mai learns to embroider her own story cloth while watching…

“Hunted Like Animals”

In 2006, there was a hype in the Hmong community about the documentary by Rebecca Sommer, "Hunted Like Animals."  The film synopsis on Rebecca Sommer's website states that: Hunted Like Animals is an eye-opening documentary about an ongoing, but unknown, genocide — against the Hmong people in the jungles of Laos.  Coerced into joining the…