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Hmong in Doi Pui (and Hollywood)

Hmong (Mong) are one of the ethnic groups in Thailand, and come from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. In Wikipedia, Hmong are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao in southern China, having began a gradual southward migration in the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more arable land.

While visiting the museum at the Doi Pui Hmong Village in Chiang Mai, a mentor (also an academic superstar one) told me about Hmongs in the Hollywood film Gran Turino (starring and directed by Clint Eastwood). Which got me thinking about movies starring Kankana-eys with Adele, Ibalois with Kit Harrington, Mangyans with Morgan Freeman or Lumads with Justin Bieber. At any rate, the village reminded me of home, and the realization (again) that we are all one except religion, ego, and ignorance separating and tearing us apart. What we need to embrace–and I bless you with these as well, are faith, identity, knowledge and love; for without these, we would just be stuck here in our small worlds minding our senseless problems, when we can in fact explore universes beyond our wildest expectations.

At siyempre, naniniwala na ako sa “forever!” din :))))

Well, that concludes this Thailand blog series. See you in the next adventures! Live life ‘yow!? 😉

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