I disagree with you!
The Hmong have come a long way, and like My2oxen said, we should be proud of it. Of course, there are things we shouldn't be proud of like stupid Hmong gangsters... GEEESH!! Our parents sacrificed sweat and blood to come to this country so we can survive and live peacefully life and you freaking retarded shoot each other? Send these kids to Iraq and put them on the front line if they want to die so much. ANYWAY!These are my reasons why I can say we should admire the Hmong
- The Hmong have only been in the US for about 30, 20 years, or 10 years only. I think we have come to the US a little later than most SEA, I could be wrong.. The last wave of Hmong was in the early 2000.
- In a 30, 20, or 10 year span, the Hmong have accomplished many things. We have many small and big businesses, clinics, TV shows (although they're kind of dorky sometimes), doctors, dentists, lawyers, actors, school principals, school board leaders, news journalists, and even a senator (are there any other SEA senators?). Now, why aren't we proud of that?
I was really disappointed when I opened this thread about successful Hmong women and many of you put them down. What the hell? I guess, I can see why we, Hmong, don't want to be proud of ourselves because we don't want our own people to achieve anything!
- The Hmong came to the US with nothing and I don't just mean nothing like money or whatever
. What I mean is prior to immigrating to the US...
... I think it's safe to say 99% of the Hmong didn't know English, not even French.
... Most didn't know how to read and write in their own language. Everything was learned orally.
... Girls didn't go to school.
... Some boys went to school but usually only for a period of time in their life.
... Basically, they lacked a good education.
... The Hmong only knew the mountain life.
... They had just stepped out of a long war and lost everything even loved ones.
I think when you take a person like that and place him in America, you would expect a slow growth because they're not used to learning (school), reading and writing; an industrialized, technological, fast pasted lifestyle; and psychologically effected by the war.
You can say "Oh, the Chinese, Koreans, and other Asians are so smart and so ahead of us, they're so much better etc..." Go ahead! I'm not going to deny that. I am proud of them because I'm Asian too. But, don't put your own kind down.. Ask yourself these questions
- What kind of place did they come from? (Know that some of those Asians were rich enough to come to America voluntarily while SEA were forced to leave their countries.)
- What generation are they in the US?
- Did their parents have better/proper education?
- Do their parents know how to read and write even in their own language? Why is reading and writing in their own language even relevant to doing well in the US? I learned in my Asian American class that the Hmong had a much difficult time in school because they could only take notes in English, and if their English was poor, they were screwed.
Most Hmong kids had no help from anyone, THEY WERE RACING THE RACE ON THEIR OWN!! When kids come home with a packet of homework, their parents weren't able to help them read or write; their parents couldn't consult with teachers because they couldn't speak English, heck we had to be translators at like age 7; their parents didn't sign them up for extracurricular activities (which has a positive effect on a child's performance in school); their parents knew nothing about school to guide their kids like other kids' parents. I wish I had council at home during my greatest need from high school to college. I really want to start over, now that I know more. My parents couldn't tell me what to do, but for my kids, I will pass down suggestions and tips I know. They would have it much easier than me.
HERE'S A LINK OF MANY HMONG DOCTORS IN JUST 30 YEARS OR LESS FROM FAMILIES WITH NOT EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND.http://www.christianhmongfellowship.org/doctors.html
I think when you take a "primitive" out of the mountains and into the US and he's able to produce some much in just a short time, you should be putting your hands together and stop comparing him to someone who had it better and easier to start off with.