Lub Ntsej Muag Zoo Nkauj - Beautiful Face

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

I will be dedicating this month's blogs to raise awareness of sexual violence. 

Next week, April 8-14, 2018 is International Street Harassment Week.

According to Stop Street Harassment, gender-based street harassment is unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Street harassment includes unwanted whistling, leering, sexist, homophobic or transphobic slurs, persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’ve said no, sexual names, comments and demands, following, flashing, public masturbation, groping, sexual assault, and rape.


"Lub Ntsej Muag Zoo Nkauj", in Hmong translation means, "Beautiful Face" was a poem I wrote more than 10 years ago 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. When I'm walking to get some groceries down the street, I want to walk in peace, no whistling, no flirtatious words was asked for. 

My sister, Pagnia Xiong has made this poem into a song as part of her sophomore album released in 2010. Eight years later, in my own voice, I'd like to share with you, Lub Ntsej Muag Zoo Nkauj - Beautiful Face.

 
 

Lub Ntsej Muag Zoo Nkauj - Beautiful Face
Words: Nancy Xiong
Vocals: Pagnia Xiong
Music: The Kong and Shu Project

Thaum koj saib kuv ob lub qhov muag
When you look into my eyes
Thaum koj saib kuv daim di ncauj
When you look at my lips
Thaum koj saib txhua yam
When you look at everything
Thaum koj siv sijhawm hu tuaj
When you call
Thaum koj xav hnov kuv lub suab
When you want to hear my voice
Thov paub hais tias
Please know

Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais muaj nuj nqis
I'm a woman of worth
Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais muaj siab muaj ntsws
I'm a woman who has thoughts and feelings
Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais xav tau lus zoo
I'm a woman who wants to hear positive words
Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais xav tau kev kaj siab
I'm a woman who wants happiness
Vim kuv zoo tshaj ib lub ntsej muag zoo nkauj
Because, I'm more than a beautiful face

Thaum koj xav txog kuv thiab koj ua ke
When you think of you and me together
Thaum koj xav tau kuv los ua koj li
When you want me to be yours
Thaum koj xav txog kuv
When you think of me
Thaum koj yuav ntxias kom tau kuv xwb
When you flirt to get my attention
Thaum koj yuav los hais lus qab zib
When you speak of sweet words
Nco ntsoov hais tias
Please remember...

Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais muaj nuj nqis
I'm a woman of worth
Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais muaj siab muaj ntsws
I'm a woman who has thoughts and feelings
Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais xav tau lus zoo
I'm a woman who wants to hear positive words
Kuv yog ib tug ntxhais xav tau kev kaj siab
I'm a woman who wants happiness
Vim kuv zoo tshaj ib lub ntsej muag zoo nkauj
Because, I'm more than a beautiful face

 
 

You are more than a beautiful face. YES! How has street harassment impacted you? Please share below.