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A man named Vaughn Vang went with some
students to visit Hmong villages in Thailand. They got to
do a lot of neat stuff. They were grinding corn for feed for
animals with a horizontal pole they pulled around in a circle,
which made a stone move and grind corn. They also smashed
rice to make dough. They took a special paddle and kept hitting
the rice hard on a wooden plate until it got doughy.
In Green Bay, we saw a video made by
Vaughn Vang about Thai Hmong and how they live. Thai Hmong
live a simple life with no engine-powered machines, which
means that they have no watches or alarms or electricity.
In each town, they have at least one of each kind of worker—blacksmith,
Vaughn Vang showed us a video he had
made about a Thai Hmong village. They didn’t have any
modern technology. They had tools for grinding corn and for
making rolls. It was really interesting to see people living
a totally different life than us.
My favorite part was when they wound
hemp. They wound it using a wheel and pedals.
When Vaughn Vang went into the Thai villages
with some teenage students, they met an old lady. She was
nice and gentle. She taught them stuff. When they left, the
old lady cried. She didn’t want them to leave, because
she didn’t have any other people to come and visit.
The video was about a class like ours
studying Hmong culture. They got to beat rice, weave, and
try other stuff Hmong traditionally do. They also spoke to
elders, and one lady was so happy they came she cried.
The Hmong were persecuted in Laos, Thailand,
Vietnam, and possibly China. In Thailand, the Hmong were forced
to change their names to avoid persecution.
When they crossed the Mekong River some
Hmong didn’t know how to swim, and sometimes the adults
carried children on their backs or put babies into baskets.