"Teen Pregnancy a Tradition" for hmongs
Being a teenage mother in the Hmong culture is actually quite common. If a Hmong girl was to already be married the Hmong way, then in a sense, getting pregnant would be okay. But in the American way, it is frowned upon...
For example, within the Asian/Pacific Islanders group, some communities view teen pregnancy as shameful, perhaps even disowning a pregnant teen, while other communities, such as the Hmong and Mien, view pregnancy at age 16 as a norm, encouraging young parents to marry and assisting in raising the child.
Teenage marriage is a traditional practice among the Hmong. Most Hmong teenage marriages are unreported. Early marriage creates barriers for educational and career attainment for women, resulting in lower socioeconomic status outcomes for women. Despite this, Hmong teenage marriage continues in the United States. Using results from a survey of 186 Hmong women, this talk will examine the effects of teenage marriage on the socioeconomic well being of adult Hmong women in the United States. .
Unlike Kinh, teen marriage is still quite common among Dao and Hmong, particularly females