Dating a hmong girl
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 communism during the Vietnam War.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 hope 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.
The term kwv tij is regarded as one's father's family or in the case of women who are married it refers to her in laws.For example: a Hmong Leng girl married to a Stripe Hmong boy must wear the Stripe clothes to visit his family.After the wedding, the bride will be given farewell presents and sets of new clothes by her parents.Many fear that as the older generations pass on, the knowledge of the Hmong among Hmong-Americans will die as well.
Clan membership is inherited upon birth or occasionally through adoption.
The elders of both families negotiate the amount prior to the engagement and is usually paid in bars of silver or livestock.