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"Art is the proper task of life." —Friedrich Nietzsche
"Art is the proper task of life." —Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Hmong Word of the Week is “tshuab hlwb hlau.” This is a Hmong word for “computer.” It is a made-up word based on the idea behind “computer.” Translated literally, it means “machine brain metal,” or “metal brain machine,” for the adjective follows the…
Hmong WoW: Tshuab Hlwb Hlau
Hmong WoW: Tshuab Hlwb Hlau
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The Hmong “Word of the Week” is “Noj Tsiab Peb Caug.” Obviously, this is not just one word, but it is one idea. It means “to celebrate New Year’s,” but literally translated, it would be “to eat the New Year’s feast.” “Noj” is “to eat,” “Tsiab” is the…
Hmong WoW: Noj Tsiab Peb Caug
Hmong WoW: Noj Tsiab Peb Caug
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One of the goals of this website is to promote the knowledge of Hmong culture through blog posts and fiction. It’s fitting, then, that I bring in a bit of Hmong language learning. From 2004 to 2012, I taught a Hmong Culture class at BYU. It was designed…

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3 Ways Mormonism Reflects Traditional Hmong Culture

Beginning in 1975, Hmong refugees from Laos began arriving in the United States. They settled in locations across America, including Utah. Often, their sponsors were religious, and the Hmong would sometimes convert to the religion of their sponsors. The…

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Happy Bissextus Day! Minutes to spare. #LeapYear2016 #AmWriting #AmReading

In case you’re having dirty thoughts, “Bissextus Day” is the fancy word for the 29th of February, the day added to the Gregorian calendar every fourth year to compensate for the difference between the common 365-day year and the actual length of the solar…
Happy Bissextus Day!
Happy Bissextus Day!
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Have You Found Your Mormon Shorts? #MoLit #MormonShorts

The Mormon Shorts I’m talking about are found in Scott Hales’s book of comics and micro-fiction of the same name. (Yes, the Scott Hales of The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl fame.) This collection brings together 50 comics from the…

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"Secure" #MoLit #FlashFiction #WhatYouWantToHear

Utah is a fine place to grow old together, she said. It’s secure. In the darkness, they were rounding the Point of the Mountain when the lights of the valley floor rolled into view, and she said that. They had just come from attending a session at the…
Secure
Secure
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Liaj Luv Chaw Tsaws: A Model Magazine of Hmong Unity #Hmong #HmongHistory

While I was serving as a Hmong-speaking missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early 90s, I learned of Liaj Luv Chaw Tsaws, a publication of the Hmong Community Association of the Hmong of French Guyana. For a young…

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The Blunt Instrument. #AmWriting not. #FloorMightierThanPen

The Blunt Instrument
The Blunt Instrument
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The Hmong Orphan: A Suffering Servant #Hmong

In chapter 53 of the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, the text describes an individual who is “despised and rejected of men,” who has “borne our sorrows,” who has “no form nor comeliness…that we should desire him,” and so forth. The Christians…
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