#IamHmong: What does it mean to grow up in Fresno's Hmong community?

Using Instagram, youth from Fresno share what it means to be Hmong within their families.

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  1. A selection of different Hmong hats that females wear with the Hmong clothes. #iamhmong
    A selection of different Hmong hats that females wear with the Hmong clothes. #iamhmong
  2. Being Hmong means being able to practice on the field with traditional equipment such as "rhab hlau." It functions like a shovel. "Rhab hlau" consists of a wood and a metal in a rectangular or triangular shape with an opening. stick the wood in the opening part of the metal tightly, and it'll be good to go! #iamhmong
    Being Hmong means being able to practice on the field with traditional equipment such as "rhab hlau." It functions like a shovel. "Rhab hlau" consists of a wood and a metal in a rectangular or triangular shape with an opening. stick the wood in the opening part of the metal tightly, and it'll be good to go! #iamhmong
  3. #hmongnewyear #mycalifornia #fresno ball throwing
  4. To be Hmong means being able to live and pass on my family tradition of tying strings. White strings are tied on wrist during lunch of celebrations. Red strings  are tied for protection from the bad spirits. White and red strings  twisted together are change annually. It is a way to bring good luck in the new year. While other are tying strings on someone, they would usually say a blessing to that person because all strings are suppose to benefit that individual. All strings are kept for a while, about 6 months to one year. #iamhmong
    To be Hmong means being able to live and pass on my family tradition of tying strings. White strings are tied on wrist during lunch of celebrations. Red strings are tied for protection from the bad spirits. White and red strings twisted together are change annually. It is a way to bring good luck in the new year. While other are tying strings on someone, they would usually say a blessing to that person because all strings are suppose to benefit that individual. All strings are kept for a while, about 6 months to one year. #iamhmong
  5. Another beauty #hmongnewyear #fresno #goalready
    Another beauty #hmongnewyear #fresno #goalready
  6. The "qeej" is an important instrument for the Hmong people. Mostly males play these instruments. Although, some females are now learning how to play them. The qeej are played at funerals and other occasions.
    The "qeej" is an important instrument for the Hmong people. Mostly males play these instruments. Although, some females are now learning how to play them. The qeej are played at funerals and other occasions.
  7. In the Hmong community, bamboos are mainly use by those who believe in shamanism. It is use to protect someone's house from not letting bad spirits enter in by placing the bamboo outside by the door or on the ceiling. It can also be consider a decoration by many. #iamhmong
    In the Hmong community, bamboos are mainly use by those who believe in shamanism. It is use to protect someone's house from not letting bad spirits enter in by placing the bamboo outside by the door or on the ceiling. It can also be consider a decoration by many. #iamhmong
  8. This picture displays authentic Hmong baskets in use. In Laos or Thailand Hmong people's reliance on agriculture and farming was significant. These baskets made the workload easier because they acted as a type of backpack basket and carried crops, wood, supplies and necessities for a day's work at the farm. It's a symbol of traditional labor within the Hmong Culture and is still used in skits and dances today to symbolize the history of our people's past. #iamhmong
    This picture displays authentic Hmong baskets in use. In Laos or Thailand Hmong people's reliance on agriculture and farming was significant. These baskets made the workload easier because they acted as a type of backpack basket and carried crops, wood, supplies and necessities for a day's work at the farm. It's a symbol of traditional labor within the Hmong Culture and is still used in skits and dances today to symbolize the history of our people's past. #iamhmong
  9. Traditional clothing is worn by everyone, young and old. #iamhmong
    Traditional clothing is worn by everyone, young and old. #iamhmong
  10. Different designs of traditional Hmong clothes hung up for sale at the Hmong New Years #iamhmong
    Different designs of traditional Hmong clothes hung up for sale at the Hmong New Years #iamhmong
  11. Being Hmong is having the opportunity to practice the tradition of ball tossing at the Hmong New Year. 
#IamHmong
    Being Hmong is having the opportunity to practice the tradition of ball tossing at the Hmong New Year. #IamHmong
  12. @george_c_gonzalez you should spiny this #hmongnewyear #mycalifornia #fresno
    @george_c_gonzalez you should spiny this #hmongnewyear #mycalifornia #fresno
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