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Hmong Contemporary Issues
Hmoob cov Xwm Txheej rau Tiam no
Les Problématiques contemporaines des Hmong

Stories and other fictions
An Unfinished Love                        Click HERE to read the whole story
For the following eleven years, I had been waiting for a chance to see her again. At the beginning, she was in my thoughts days and nights. With each season passing, her face faded away. However, the feeling of longing never disappeared. It had become stronger over the years. Our meeting was brief. But, after her departure, I was sure she would remain my only love. An infinite and unfinished love.
My mother knew that I was in love with her. She kept repeating to me:  
- "Hue Yae, my son, in your previous lifetime, surely you did borrow some money from her. Now you have to pay her back by longing for her return."
I was amazed by this idea. But it did not help me.

My Aunt See Was Sold as Third Wife               Click HERE to read the whole story
On the second anniversary of their marriage, Long was reported missing during a battle at the front. The news fell, chocked my aunt desperately. She was in mourning all the following year. When she had a moment alone, she cried, and called her husband. It took a great deal of courage to live again. See was still childless when her husband went missing. She was only twenty years old. Tall and beautiful, but widowed, she began to scare other women because men did not ignore her. 
The Three Pearls Facing Unfaithfulness                          Click HERE to read the whole story
The phone kept ringing while Malee was driving back home, to Fresno, California on the freeway number 5. Her heart was smashed like mash potatoe. That morning, her boy-friend, Koua, called her to tell her that he was going to marry somebody else, a 16 year-old girl whom he now loved. Despaired, she was, and totally, and incapable to think more about what to do. She decided to drive home instead of staying alone in Los Angeles.
Ann Paj Yeeb's Wedding Dilemma                           Click HERE to read the whole story
Ann knew that her family and her community would not accept her dating a non-Hmong. She was living in a decade where the Hmong community was transitioning, but changes were doubled with tragedies. Marry a non-Hmong was something completely inconceivable and unacceptable. Her family wouldn't tolerate it. Afraid of her parents, and of their dreadful criticism and total rejection, she hid the relationship. Life went on, in grey color at home. [...]
The Frog who Wants to Be as Big as the Ox         Click HERE to read the whole story
However, Frog Bul-Foast does not know what to do exactly in order to become as big as an ox. He thinks meticulously when a piece of idea emerges from its mind:  - I just need to behave like oxes in order to be as big as an ox. In the Land of Hurt, when a frog is nicely huge, potbellied, and tall like an ox, the community loves inviting it to give speeches. All look at it very highly, as an excellent role model.[...]
May's First Love                                     Click HERE to read the whole story
But should I tell him that I did love him truly? It may console him. I can do that because he is still single.", she was wondering, torn between the urge to hug him and to cut him from her world. She chose to not say anything. Openly demonstrating one's affection was so problematic. Marrying is not about being in love, but surviving. In each visit, she never stayed very long. She then ran back home, diligently cooked some fresh rice and boiled a chicken drum stick. When May knew it was time for Pheng to leave his aunt, she went out to wait for him on the road that took him to the bus station.
The Man Who Talked to the Banana Trees          Click HERE to read the whole story
- At my age, --he was at that time 51 years old-- I am not young anymore. I would like to have a young wife who will flourish my days". It was his deepest wish that he often shared with the banana trees of his farm in North Carolina. He had a beautiful plot of banana trees that gave delicious fruits, and joy to his heart. When sitting under them, he felt like they were talking to him, so he answered back. Their leaves were like wings under the blue clear sky. When he was a little boy, his mother often took him to cut some banana bunches and trunks to feed the pigs. It was his happier time before their exile to the West. His parents were still alive. [...]
The Third Beauty                                     Click HERE to read the whole story
The Weaver Dragon Girl                                     Click HERE to read the whole story