While many of my neighbors argue that the Hmong people are alienated from society because of the Hmong culture; I believe that the Hmong people are alienated because of American culture, and every society the Hmong’s have been part of throughout history. Rather than labeling, name calling, and alienating, we should be learning about the Hmong’s culture, and how the Hmong’s have been a benefit to us in the past and still today.
From 400A.D. throughout history until modern day, the Hmong culture has been alienated from every country or society their culture has been a part of. But how can this be, when the term Hmong, is often translated as meaning “Free” or “Free people?” It is the fault of centuries of lies, deceit, corruption, crookedness, and trickery, used against the Hmong people. There different stories about the origin of the Hmong culture. Some believe the Hmong originated in Siberia because of stories told by their ancestors about frozen lakes and wearing furs. On the other hand, the Hmong language is linked to Chinese, so the absolute origin is unknown. Like I said earlier, the first historical mention of the Hmong culture was traced back to 400 A.D., in China. During these early centuries in China, there were many wars and uprising, so the Hmong people moved about to try and preserve their culture. During some of the Chinese Dynasties the Hmong were a welcomed society, but in most of the Dynasties, the Chinese tried to enslave them. Between 400 and 900 A.D., a Hmong Kingdom was established in China, but around 900 A.D., the kingdom was over thrown by the Sung Dynasty, and the Hmong return to their nomadic ways. From 900 to 1800 the Hmong moved from place to place in China continuing to fight for their independence. Then from 1800, until today, the Hmong people have call the Laotian Mountains, in Laos, their home.
Just because the Hmong people called Laos their home, didn’t mean that...