To certain outside viewers, Vietnamese in America may have become synonymous with flag-waving conservatism, embodying a reactionary and censorious nationalism couched in the rallying cries of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom.’ That’s definitely not me nor quite a few other Vietnamese Americans both young and old. But neither are we the conical-hatted, machine gun-slinging peasant warriors glorified in the lore of America’s left movement.
[However] there is a Vietnamese history in America — and a leftist history at that — going as far back as the 1940s national liberation struggles among émigrés in New York against French colonialism, to the 1960s anti-war activism of Vietnamese students and early immigrants. On July 2, 1972 in Los Angeles, the Union of Vietnamese in the United States was formed — the only group of Vietnamese in America to organize against the war.
Reclaiming our Vietnamese American history and identity has come to have a lot more meaning for me these days. It will mean, I think, careful and strategic organizing work within our communities. It will mean nurturing the youth and not antagonizing the elders. It will mean growing and struggling in the U.S. without forgetting to fight the imperialism that brought us here.
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Check out this Draw My Life video of Richard Louprasong’s “Hmong Life” where he gives a entertaining and playful yet insightful experience through a story of his life as a Hmong-American.
He starts off talking about the motherland and gives a quick lesson about who Hmong people are, the Vietnam War and then how his family sought refuge in America. Using amusing anecdotes he narrates his experiences: from talking about his father’s preference of deer over third-world-stomach-gases from eating their sponsors’ cheese covered food, to talking about how he wore his Mighty Mouse underwear over his pants growing up as a kid. He even talks about his experience in a Hmong gang, his high school Korean Drama phase and at the end, his experiences with love.
So, this is a big deal: UW-Madison will be offering a Hmong American Studies course next fall. Why? Because the Hmong American experience is underrepresented generally. Because UW is adding an ethnic studies course in the current political and budget climate. Because it’s a victory for Hmong college students!
Tell Them We Are ‘The Hmong’ -a short and sweet documentary (8 minutes)
"My kids, when I look at them, they are like Americans. Their generation acts like your typical American kids. They’re not scared of what they do. They believe they can do it. They’re not scared like us. My kids’ generation, they learn more the American way.”
Cambodian American, Oakland Singer Bochan Choosing the Best of Both Worlds
Bochan Huy is a 33 year old Cambodian American and Oakland Singer who was recently featured on PRI’s The World. Growing up listening to her father play Khmer psychedelic rock songs, she’s created a sound of her own as she blends hip hop, soul, funk and classic Cambodian rock into her music. Through music, she tries to close the cultural and generational gap between Cambodian youth and their families.