Hmong Contemporary Issues

Les problématiques contemporaraines des Hmong

Hmoob Cov XWm Txheej rau Tam sim no

All Cultures Are Alive, All Cultures Are Changing

Welcome to my website The "Hmong Contemporary Issues" where
I write in three languages (Hmong, French and English)!

I wish this website be a window widely opened to the Hmong issues where one can learn to appreciate and enjoy the Hmong culture, history, literature and arts.

The Hmong people have a millenium history where they experienced several waves of migration, firstly inside China before reaching its pic in the 19th century where a fraction left China for Southeast Asia during the Miao Rebellion [1854-1873]. In 1975, after the end of the Vietnam War [1961-1975], the Hmong, allies of the Americans in their Secret War in Laos, fled to Thailand before departing to the West, in the Americas (United States, Canada, Argentina, French Guiana), in France, in Oceania (Australia, New Zeland).

Presented as a panoramic view, I  wish to share my analyses on the various experiences of the Hmong people. In a critical approach, I will address the Hmong perspectives on history, the sociopolitical issues, the uses of language, the literary creativities, the religious and sociocultural changes, and other fields of knowledge. 

It is important to understand one's culture, and to reconnect with the collective memory made of sufferings and joys from past to present  time. Such an understanding and appreciation will boost the well-being of the members, and also the cultural and economic development of the Hmong community.

In combining both academic and educational approach to write, I hope this website will contribute to reinforce the historical awareness and cultural identity of the future generations so that they can access to a in-depth understanding of the challenges that await them and they will find the moral strenght to overcome the stakes for the growth of their community.

In writing in three languages, I also hope to increase more awareness among the various Hmong communities in Asia and in the Diaspora of the importance to recognize the cultural diversity as the foundation of the Hmong identity. Each fraction being immerged in a particular country has gained in culture and language diversity.

I deeply wish that my effort to write for this website
will continue to have an impact on old and young generations, born in the West, to establish a healthy and enriching dialog with themselves, to find the way back home to their culture and identity newly recomposed by each piece of their new experiences in contact with their respective Mainstream society where they now live.

Kao-Ly Yang Ph.D.