The Hmong

The Hmong People of Southern China and Southeast Asia

Hmong People Celebrate Lunar New Year In Milwaukee
Eight year-old Pajai Vanj (C) from Milwaukee watches a dance group at the Hmong New Year Celebration at the Wisconsin State Fair December 11, 2004 in West Allis, Wisconsin. Getty Images

Members of the Hmong ethnic group have lived in the mountains and hills of Southern China and Southeast Asia for thousands of years, though the Hmong have never had their own country. In the 1970s, many Hmong were recruited by the United States to help them fight the Laotian and Vietnamese Communists. Hundreds of thousands of Hmong have since left Southeast Asia and brought the intriguing Hmong culture to distant parts of the world. About 3 million Hmong remain in China, 780,000 in Vietnam, 460,000 in Laos, and 150,000 in Thailand.

Hmong Culture and Language

Ancient History of the Hmong

Laotian and Vietnam Wars

Hmong Diaspora

Hmong in the United States

Hmong Past and Future

The Hmong of Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas are strongly independent, hard-working, resourceful, courageous people who value their past trials. The Hmong sacrificed their lives, homes, and normalcy in an effort to save Southeast Asia from communism. Many Hmong have resettled far from their homeland, but the Hmong will undoubtedly survive and both assimilate into the modern world and maintain their ancient beliefs.