A favorite pastime of Hmong girls is engaging in Chinese jumprope. Hmong children display dynamic acrobatic moves to compete in the high energy game.
A Hmong girl from the Yunnan region of China dressed in a beautiful outfit. The Hmong people were in China before the Chinese, it’s the Chinese themselves who indicate the presence of the Hmong people in the land which the Chinese were gradually infiltrating. Through centuries of bloody war with the Hmong, the Chinese eventually captured all of Hmong lands.
- J. Mottin
Hmong women usually wear their hair in large buns.
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Patriotic, Spring 2014
Acrylic ink, screenprint
Resembling the United States flag, Patriotic tells the story of the Secret War, where the Hmong families residing in Laos aided the U.S CIA during the Vietnam War. When the U.S pulled out, the Hmong had to flee across the country, hiding in the thick jungles, dodge flying bullets, swim through the Mekong River, live in Thailand’s refugee camps, and fly to America to be known as the refugees from the Vietnam War.
I had helped a Thai man with a personal problem. Out of gratitude, he said to me: “Sir, I would like to give you something for your personal use. What can I get you for the amount of five hundred baht?” It was usual to quote the amount when making such an offering, to avoid any misunderstanding. Since I wouldn’t think what I wanted straight away and he was in a hurry, we agreed that I could tell him the next day when he returned.
Before this occured, I was a happy little monk. Now I started to contemplate what I wanted. I made a list. The list grew. Soon, five hundred baht wasn’t enough. But it was so difficult to take anything off the list. Wants had appeared out of nowhere and solidified into absolute necessities. And the list kept growing. Now, five thousand baht wasn’t sufficient! Seeing what was happening, I threw my wish list away. The next day, I told my benefactor to give five hundred baht to the monastery building fund or to some other good cause. I didn’t want it. What I wanted most of all was to regain the rare contenment I had had the day before. When I had no money, nor the means to get anything, that was the time when all my wishes were fulfilled. Wanting has no end to it. Even one billion baht isn’t enough, nor a billion dollars. But freedom from wanting has an end. It is when you want nothing. Contentment is the only time you have enough.
Photo by campfirejp.
Among all the minorities in Asia, only the Hmong know the technique of batik. This method is used to create colors and design on white hemp skirts. The dye used is indigo, so Hmong women trained in batik dye often have hands stained blue. These days, only a few Hmong women have the skills for batik dye. It is a time consuming task, but the demand for authentic batik-dyed hemp skirts means, that the art form will at least continue to thrive for a little longer.
The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.