An exhibit of tub lub, a top game Color drawing of the ball toss game, show a male and female in traditional Hmong dress One of the students prepares to set a top spinning Building a balloon and marshmallow cushion for the egg drop game A drawing of the ball toss game by Sarah Demonstrating how to launch a top Setting a top spinning in the game of tub lub

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Introduction: Games

Izzy S. and Gabby

Games have been a part of Hmong culture ever since they’ve lived in China. They have been passed down from generation to generation.

There are many similarities between Hmong and American games. For example tub lub (too-loo) is very much like tops. Jacks is also similar to stick and stone game. Soccer is American is exactly the same as in Asia.

Tub lub is a game where you have two teams. One is on offense and one on defense. The defensive team takes their top and winds it up into a strong attached to a stick. They then swing the stick back then forward and let the string spin off. When the top is still on the string, you flick your hand back to get it to spin when it lands on the hard surface.

The offensive team does the same steps and tries to knock the defensive team’s top off the hard surface. If they do, they move on to the next level. The levels are then based on how far you can fling the top in the same fashion.

In the sticks and stones game, you throw a rock in the air and pick up as many sticks as you can. When the stone comes down, you have to catch it in the same hand that the sticks are in. Once you get all the sticks, the game is over and the person who picked up the last stick wins!

In a way, the Hmong aren’t as different as you may think, and games aren’t the only similarities.
–Izzy S. and Gabby