Running head: ASIAN HMONG CULTURE
Asian Hmong Culture Awareness
Shawna L. Hamilton
Central Lakes College
Psychosocial Nursing 1168, Section 20
January 24, 2011
Asian Hmong Culture2
The purpose of this research of the Asian Hmong culture is to provide an overview of the unique dynamics involved in their culture and how to implement appropriate nursing care. By taking into account the individuals ethnic, cultural and social background we can become more culturally sensitive, and provide culturally competent nursing care. This research will address the Asian Hmong culture, ethnicity, rituals and beliefs as well as the six cultural phenomena that are associated with this culture. It will also address nursing interventions specific to the Asian Hmong culture.
Asian Hmong Culture3
Little is known about the origins of the Hmong. The first historical record dates back to the 3rd Century B.C.E. During these times the Hmong were considered uncivilized and were chased into the mountainous regions of China where many Hmong in China still live today. Throughout the years the Hmong people were continuously moving to defend their freedom and maintain their culture. The U.S. recruited the Hmong people to join forces during the Vietnam War. According to the New World Encyclopedia (2009), “More than 40,000 Hmong were killed in the frontline, countless men were missing in action, and thousands more were injured and disabled”. After the United States withdrew from Vietnam in 1975 many Hmong fled to refugee camps in Thailand to avoid retaliation for supporting the Americans. Since then many Hmong refugees have resettled in the United States. The majority reside in St. Paul, Minnesota; Fresno California; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Lao Family Community of Minnesota Inc. [LFCM], 1997). The sudden change from their traditional way of life...