Little Hmong Girl

The Hmong people (pronounced mong rhymes with long) fought with the U.S. in the Vietnam War, so when the war was over, Laos considered them traitors.  The U.S. offered them citizenship and protection.  For two years (1994 to 1996) Mr. Vincent lived in and around Saint Paul, Minnesota as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He learned how to speak Hmong, taught people about God, served in the hospital, and also did a lot of translating for the older generation.

The other day a lot of Mr. Vincent’s memories resurfaced after watching Gran Torino.  Sadly a lot of people in Saint Paul don’t want the Hmong there and don’t understand why they don’t learn to speak English.  The older Hmong generation is very dependent on their children to help them communicate and the children are stuck somewhere in the middle culturally and feel that they don’t really belong anywhere.

I am so grateful that Mr. Vincent chose to spend two years there.  I know that he learned so much and became a better person from being with the Hmong people.

I know, what does this have to do with anything?  The ACEO of Irene made me think about “traditional costumes.”

I love this picture of the cute girls in costume!

I love the aprons and the fringe.

Little Hmong Girl 5″x7″

This was fun to paint although I am not sure if, culturally, a certain hat goes with a certain kind of apron, or colors, etc.



Filed under art, watercolor

8 responses to “Little Hmong Girl

  1. Carol Oldham

    I like this idea! Now I want to see a little Norwegian girl.

  2. Stephanie Hoff

    Oooh! I would love to see a Norwegian one!!! Maybe a Christmas Nisse!?

  3. Love this and the story. You should do an Okinawan girl… but then again, I’m biased.

  4. Oh! A whole series of kids in traditional costume would be so cute!

  5. Pang

    Hi, I came here over from the Made blog (by Dana). I saw the lovely picture you made for her and though I didn’t enter the giveaway for more cards, I came to your blog and found this lovely article and pic re: the Hmong. Immediately thought, HEY! I’m Hmong, and here is this lovely artist, talking about Hmong people. I’m assuming Mr. Vincent is your husband; what great work he is doing to help this often unknown community, give him my thanks. And I adore the pic of the Hmong girl you did!! My little girls are only half Hmong but I will show them this picture as there is not a lot of art out there depicting Hmong culture.

    • Pang, Your comment just made my day, thanks. Yes, I am proud to say Mr. Vincent is my husband. I get teary eyed every time I think about his LDS mission he went on and the Hmong because I know how much he loved it and how good it was for him. I will pass your comment along to him. I know it will mean a lot to him too.


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    koj lub sijhawm mus ua tub txib yog ib qhov zoo heev. nrog koj zoo siab tias koj kuj nyiam peb cov hmoob thaib:)

  7. Yes, his mission was such a good thing and we love the Hmong!

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