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Latest Hmong customs and culture Stories

2008-06-27 06:02:08

By Long, Lisa A For many Americans, Southeast Asia and its inhabitants- particularly the Vietnamese and transnational ethnic groups such as the Hmong-become visible only through the lens of the Vietnam War. At the same time, contemporary Vietnamese tend to see that war as only one of the many imperialist conflicts in which they have been engaged for the past millennium.1 And the Hmong, with traditional roots in agriculture and no national ties to speak of, hold an even longer view, seeing...

2007-12-30 21:00:19

By Vanessa Colon, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Dec. 30--Dr. Fenglaly Lee grew up as a refugee in Fresno living on welfare and harvesting Asian vegetables on the weekends. Now, she is delivering babies as the first female Hmong OB/GYN doctor in the central San Joaquin Valley and possibly the state. Her arrival provides the Valley's large population of Hmong women with a physician who understands Hmong customs and can explain why it sometimes is necessary to set customs aside for the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'