K. | Abigail
Birthplace and English Language:
Erica | Sara K.
| Abigail | Erica
| Abigail | Erica
Studying Hmong Culture:
Sara K. | Erica | Abigail
On the last day of our trip we met up with
some 7th graders from Longfellow Middle School [in Lacrosse,
WI]. They study Hmong culture every year and we decided we
wanted to know how they do it. The kids were interviewing
six Hmong kids who used to be in that class. [Their
names were Kazoua Moua, Se Ying, Vue Ying, Mia Cha, Bong Lo,
and Vue Vang. -Abigail] When we walked in there were three
people who were going to ask questions and one kid at the
computer. The reason there was someone at the computer was
because the interviewing was being broadcast live on the web.
People could watch and send questions.
Kids' Birthplace & the English Language
A couple of the students were born in
Laos, some in Thailand and three in America.
…One kid said he was
born on the way to the refugee camps in Thailand.
Some were born in the US, but for the
rest it was extremely difficult to learn English and it could
take up to two years to learn.
They said it was hard to
learn English. Because, well, first of all they didn’t
know the language and second of all they had to start in kindergarten
math even if they were in grade school.
When they were leaving
Laos (the Hmong), many treasures and animals were left behind
and many died escaping. They (and many others I am sure) would
like to go back to Laos to see family members who had to be
left behind, their livestock (if it is still alive), and their
These children call Laos
“the old country.” Since they were born in Laos,
wouldn’t that be called “their country”
like a lot of older people call it? I think it has to do with
the fact that the older people were actually brought up in
Laos and can remember it well.
Value of Studying Hmong Culture
…They asked …
“Do you think schools in La Crosse should research more
about Hmong culture?” …Most of the kids said about
half their friends were Hmong and that there should be a class
They believe that we should
teach more about Hmong culture so people will understand more
and not tease as much. “They don’t know even why
we’re here!” said one student.
They feel that the Hmong
are treated differently mainly by somebody who doesn’t
know their culture. They want the Hmong to be treated like
everybody else, and they want classes about Hmong culture
to teach more. …They feel that true friends don’t
care about culture. They just want a nice friend!
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