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, butcher, etc.
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.