What is HmongPages?
HmongPages is a global community for individuals and friends of Hmong culture to share content, discuss topics, find/sell/buy goods, and support Hmong-owned businesses. Our goal is to build a centralized community and knowledge base for anyone who is interested in Hmong culture, traditions, and lifestyle. We hope our community will continue to grow and flourish with the help and support of people like you.
What can I do at HmongPages?
We're glad you asked! There's lots to do at HmongPages. You can view some pages but won't have access to all content and features. To be able to fully access and participate in our community, you'll need a registered account. Sign up with us today here.
- Post what's on your mind and/or see the latest activity stream from our members. You'll also see personalized content that is relevant to you.
- View all the latest topics making waves on HmongPages. Post topics and publish content both with public and private settings.
- View groups created by fellow community members. Don't see a group you're looking for? You can create both open and closed groups around shared interests or any subject of your choice.
- Discover, participate, and experience events hosted by Hmong-owned or Hmong-supported businesses and organizations across the world. Organize closed and public events for your members to join. Submit your event today.
- Discover, connect, and conduct business with Hmong-owned or Hmong-supported businesses, organizations, and professionals across the world. Submit your business listing today.
- View a listing of all the recent community members who have joined HmongPages. Make a new friend today.
- We showcase a range of specialty goods, from unique hand-made embroidery to modern recreations of Hmong-inspired designs. Shop in our store today and support Hmong artisans and creators. If you are interested in featuring your items in our store, please contact us and we'd love to work with you.
- Your personal profile page shows your updates, groups, activities, and content that is relevant to you.
- Powerful search and filtering features for content and user profiles.
- Other Cool Features
- On all posts, you can follow its content so you won't have to miss any updates. It also lets community members connect with one another.
- Smart and customizable in-app messages and emails notify you when needed.
Furthermore, who are the Hmong?
The Hmong people are an ethnic group currently native to several countries, believed to have come from the Yangtze River basin area in southern China. The Hmong are known in China as the Miao, a designation that embraces several different ethnic groups. There is debate about usage of this term, especially amongst Hmong living in the West, as it is believed by some to be derogatory, although Hmong living in China still call themselves by this name. Chinese scholars have recorded contact with the Miao as early as the 3rd century BCE, and wrote of them that they were a proud and independent people. However, after the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty attempted to impose several new taxation systems and continued expansion of their empire, the Hmong are reported to have rebelled. Many wars were fought, and eventually many Hmong were pushed from China into the areas now encompassing present-day Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The history of the Hmong people is difficult to trace; while they have an oral tradition, there are no written records save for where other people have encountered them. Hmong history has been passed down through legends and ritual ceremonies from one generation to another, as well as through Hmong textile art.
Throughout recorded history, the Hmong have remained identifiable as Hmong because they have maintained their own language, customs, and ways of life while adopting the ways of the country in which they live. In the 1960s and 1970s many Hmong were secretly recruited by the American CIA to fight against communist forces during the Vietnam War. After American armed forces pulled out of Vietnam, a communist regime took over in Laos, and ordered the prosecution and re-education of all those who had fought against its cause during the war. Whilst many Hmong are still left in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and China (which houses one of the biggest Hmong populations in the world, 5 million), since 1975 many Hmong have fled Laos in fear of persecution. Housed in Thai refugee camps during the 1980s, many have resettled in countries such as the United States, French Guiana, Australia, France, Germany, as well as some who have chosen to stay in Thailand in hopes of returning to their own land. In the United States, new generations of Hmong are gradually assimilating into American society while being taught Hmong culture and history by their elders. Many such elders fear that as the older generations pass away, the knowledge of Hmong culture and tradition among Hmong-Americans will fade as well. HmongPages aims to keep our heritage alive and to continue uniting the Hmong community.
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