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What You Should Know About Traditional Hmong Wedding

What You Should Know About Traditional Hmong Wedding

Every time the shutter opens in my camera, I’d like to think that something beautiful was being captured. Whether it is the details of embroidery on Hmong textile, the expression of a smiling child, a flower dancing in the wind, or a happy couple sharing their first moment as wife and husband; I’ve become familiar...

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Voice for the Community: Steve Ly

Voice for the Community: Steve Ly

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, Steve Ly became the first Asian American to be elected onto the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education, and the first Hmong elected official in Northern California. Ly won by a landslide with nearly 67% of the vote and more than 57,000 votes to defeat incumbent Jake Rambo,...

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Hmong Music Festival : Brings it Altogether

Hmong Music Festival : Brings it Altogether

Over 14 Hmong bands and 13 solo singers, from all over the states, performed at the Paul Paul Theater at the Fresno Fair for the first ever Hmong Music Festival (HMF). Artists from all the way in North Carolina such as Reflections to singer Proto- J in California were out there showcasing the many songs...

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16th Hmong National Development Conference

16th Hmong National Development Conference

The year 2013 is historic for Hmong National Development, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the organization. Since its founding by community leaders from across the county in 1993, HND has advocated for the Hmong American community and been a voice in Washington, DC. HND empowers the Hmong community to achieve prosperity and equality...

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Vang Pao Elementary School

Vang Pao Elementary School

General Vang Pao’s passing on January 6, 2011 marked an end to a chapter for the Hmong, but this loss brings with it an opportunity for growth, and new possibilities are created for future generations. On August 20, 2012 the first school in the United States to be named after a key leader in the...

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Hmong Soul

Hmong Soul

Ring! Ring! I slowly open my eyes to look at my phone. “Mom and Dad” appears on the screen as I look to see who was calling. I know it’s my Mom calling to check up on me, to do a favor and the usual, to make sure I’m not doing anything she doesn’t think...

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Diabetes

Diabetes

Its impact on the Hmong Community When I asked Kevin, a former student at Fresno City College, to share his story about dealing with a family member who had diabetes, he declined, saying it was too personal. It was a story close to his heart which he was unwilling to share with just anybody. As...

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Dedicate My Life to the Hmong: General Vang Pao

Dedicate My Life to the Hmong: General Vang Pao

Dedicate My Life to The Hmong The year 1941 was a year of heavy frost, resulting in meager harvest in Xiengkhoung Province, Laos. A White Hmong boy had taken his precious black gelding on a day’s journey from his village to the tojxeem to pay a debt that his family owed. There, at the tojxeem’s...

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Courage Under Adversity

Courage Under Adversity

Many folks will give up in times of extreme hardship. It doesn’t take much for us to break under pressure, or to let go and sink into a lake of hopelessness when we are burdened with financial instability and responsibilities that stretch beyond our familial obligations. But only the few like Lee Yang and his...

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Language as Identity: The Hmong Language

Language as Identity: The Hmong Language

As professor teaching Hmong literacy for more than ten years, I have seen drastic changes in the level of Hmong proficiency amongst Hmong college students who attend California State University, Sacramento. According to my observations and the data I collected from my Hmong literacy course, more and more Hmong students are losing the Hmong language...