The Hmong People

Where do the Hmong People come from?

The Hmong are of Asian descent. Originally from China, migrating over the centuries to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam; more recently Australia, France, Germany, and the United States.

Within the United States, large Hmong populations can be found in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

What about the Hmong Language?

The Hmong language has various dialects, the most common being White Hmong (Hmoob Dawb), and Green Hmong (Hmoob Leeg). Hmong itself is made up of 8 tones, 13 vowels, and 54 consonants. As far as a written language, they had one, the chinese bless their hearts decided to destroy it. It wasn’t until the 20th century that a new written language was developed using the standard english alphabet. Reading hmong is quite easy, just remember consonant, vowel, tone. Say it again, consonant, vowel tone. You can learn more at the Hmong Word a Day webpage.

Hmong Food

Can you say Rice (Mov)? Just like the Chinese, when it comes to food, the word for food in Hmong is Mov (Rice). Rice, Vegetables, and Meat be it Chicken (Qaib), Pork (Npua), or Cow (Nyuj) and don’t forget Egg Rolls (Kabyob).


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