Once upon a summer, as I traveled back home to be with my family, a sister from another mother wrote me a note, expressing her interests in my thoughts about Hmong culture, identities, and feminism. It took me a few days to respond because no other Hmong female except for my sisters has really asked me my views as a Hmong feminist on Hmong culture and feminism in general. However, I felt it was my calling to share my thoughts not only to her but you as well in hopes it will help you move forward with your journey.Read More
Can you believe it, it's February already? How has it been? I hope it's been a wonderful first few weeks for you.
For me, the year has been flying away fast. This morning, I found myself reflecting on these last few weeks and WOW, a lot has happened.Read More
“Kwv txhiaj has been considered by some as an “old way” of expression but I’m here to say, it’s one of the most beautiful aspects of our Hmong culture.”Read More
More than 10 years ago, I wrote this poem, Plab Sab Phab Ntsa (Four Walls), thinking about a boy. Yes, a boy. Today, I found myself up at 2:00AM listening to it through my sister, Pagnia Xiong who made it into a beautiful song as part of her 2006 debut album, Nyob Ib Sab. The lyrics brought me back to a time where I was at a crossroad with myself. This boy wanted something that I didn’t want at the time but I still wanted to be part of his life to work it out. My head was saying one thing, my heart was saying something else. One night, all these words came out in my small bedroom surrounded by four white walls. I ended up choosing myself and parted ways with him.Read More
What would you say to your 18 year old self? What lessons would you share?
Here’s a letter I wrote to my 18 year old self which is a letter I want to share with those who will start their first semester of college this semester.Read More
“…Heather and our circle of friends made all the difference in my life as a college student. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't know what the word "DIVERSITY" meant beyond racial identities. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't know what true friendships meant. Thank you for all the difference in my life my dear friends.”Read More
Nancy's first podcast in which she shares her thoughts on her Hmong American identity and what it all means to her. By sharing her stories, she hopes that you will be able to share your stories to yourself and then to others.Read More
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I will be dedicating this month's blogs to raise awareness of sexual violence. To start off, I want to share a poem I wrote after being sick of being objectified because of my gender and appearances. My body is my body. What I am wearing or not wearing is not an invitation for comments.Read More
"When I hear the word sisterhood, I think of my four sisters. I’ve grown up with them through all our life trials and they are truly my best friends. We share our best times and our worst times with each other without judgment. I know that their success is my success."Read More