Hmong Student Association at UCI
Become a Member
Membership isn't just limited to Hmong students or current UC Irvine students. Anyone can become a member; however, you will have to fill out a document abiding to our club rules and regulations. Club membership lasts for only a school year term. Therefore, membership renewal will happen in the beginning of each school year. If you are interested in becoming an HSA members, please contact one of the officers in the "Officers/Members" tab above or come to one of our HSA's general meetings.
What is Hmong and Who Are We?
Who are we? To simply put it, Hmong people are an ethnic minority group living among the isolated foothills throughout Southeast Asia. Since the 1970s, the Hmong people were singled out by the communist government of Laos for their role in fighting the Pathet Lao during the Vietnam War. As a result, large numbers of Hmong refugees have made their way to the United States, many of them settling down in the West Coast and Midwest which are primarily California and Minnesota, respectively.
Custom and Tradition
Embroidery and Clothing
Hmong music is an important part of the culture. Because the Hmong language is tonal, there is a close connection between Hmong music and the spoken language. Music is an important part of Hmong life, played for entertainment, for welcoming guests, and at weddings and funerals. Hmong musical instruments includes flutes such as the dra, leaves also called nblaw, and the qeej or gaeng, a type of mouth organ.
The Hmong cuisine varies somewhat depending on the region because the Lao,Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese influences. Like with many Asian cultures, the staple food in any Hmong cusine is white rice. The pictures on the right are just some of the most spectacular and well known Hmong food.