Erika | Pao
| Sarah M. | Mark |
Mariah | Pakou
| Gabby | Benjamin
| Dylan | Izzy S. |
Looking at a new culture
made me realize I had a culture.
I am Hmong. I am happy to let everybody
see my culture. I just don’t want only like ten people
to know but the whole wide world.
When I learned about spirits and Shamanism
and paj ntaub, I thought that compared to Hmong culture my
culture was boring. But then I thought that if a class went
deep into my culture they’d probably find things they
thought were really cool, or interesting, or different—things
that I live with every day but never noticed.
I like people to study my culture because
I want them to understand my culture. My culture is a special
culture. It has a lot of traditional stuff. Whoever studies
my culture will get lots of good information. People should
learn about my culture because my culture should be studied
more and should exist more.
My culture and the Hmong culture are
very different and also quite similar. For example, we both
make our own food, but the kinds of food we make are different.
The Hmong people have special clothes, our family sort of
does too—blue jeans, long-sleeved shirts, tennis shoes,
and occasionally dresses. The Hmong people love to garden;
one of our family delights is gardening. The Hmong people
use a lot of chickens; our family raises chickens. The Hmong
people have traditions; so does our family. One of our traditions
is we make gingerbread houses and decorate them with candy
Studying my own culture means a lot to
me. I only knew 50 percent of my culture’s traditions
but after the trips we took I knew 50 percent more so altogether
I have learned 100 percent of my culture and traditions. It
is okay for my culture to be an object to look at as long
as no one says anything bad about how we are and what we do.
I kinda got worried almost every place that our class had
been to, because we didn’t really explain things right
Going on these trips and learning about
Hmong culture made me realize how different cultures can be.
I’ve asked myself, “How would I survive with no
running water or electricity?”
Studying the Hmong really didn’t
help much in terms of understanding my own culture, although
it did help me understand how to study my own culture in a
better way...The ways we studied Hmong culture give me ideas
on how to study my own culture.
Studying the Hmong culture has given
me a better understanding of my culture and some other cultures.
Hmong culture helped me understand spirits that are in my
culture, and it was a way for me to understand Native American
culture better. Before, I didn’t know what a shaman
did. Now I learned that a shaman spiritually heals people,
and not with medicine.
I learned that whether you came in 1920
or 1990 you came with a lot of the same customs, such as blacksmithing
When I first heard the word “culture”
I had no idea what it meant. But after all the study on Hmong
culture I was positive [I knew] what the word meant—culture
is who you are. No culture is better or has greater value
than any other. I think all cultures should be treated the