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