December Hmong Heritage Month in San Diego

Dec 16, 2015 (San Diego) San Diego City Council declared December Hmong Heritage month in the city. Who are Hmong? They are a minority group that came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War. They are originally from the highlands in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. According to the United States Census Bureau there are 318,857,056 people living in the United Staes as of 2014. Of those 301,286 are estimated to be Hmong.

In San Diego this is not a very large group, but to the community it was especially significant to be recognized as Hmong Americans. To them, this was a historic moment. San Diego Police Sergeant, and member of the community, Yang stressed the council and San Diego City Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Yang said, “thank you for letting the Hmong community have a voice today.”

“It is a great honor, and pride and privilege to be here today.” He added that there were reasons why this was a very important day for the community. Among the reasons were:

“Hmong people for too long have been in the shadows of many nations.” They have not been recognized as an ethnic group. He added that very little is known about the culture and traditions of the Hmong people.

Yang also said that they have no homeland to call their own, but that over the years they have now become part of the fabric of this nation. They are now part of the country that received them as refugees and accepted them. They are proud Hmong-Americans. They also brought the city of San Diego a beautiful art piece. This was accepted by Council Member Marti Emerald, Christ Cate and Mayor Kevin Fauconer.

The city also presented them with the declaration that we are attaching in full.


Hmong Heritage Month

December 15, 2015
Presented by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald, and Councilmember Chris Cate

WHEREAS, the Hmong community has been a part of San Diego’s rich cultural history for the last 40 years; AND
WHEREAS, the Hmong are an indigenous people who can be found along the mountainous regions of Laos, China, Thailand, or

northern Vietnam; AND
WHEREAS, throughout their limited recorded history, the Hmong have been identified through their arabesque quilts, customs,

traditions, and survival instincts, but mostly through their unique language; AND
WHEREAS, during the Vietnam War, Hmong farmers gladly laid down their axes and machetes in exchange for rifles in order to

provide aid to the U.S. as ground troops, which proved deadly as thousands of lives and some clans were lost; AND
WHEREAS, as the older generations pass on, there is a fear that the knowledge of the culture, tradition, and heritage of the Hmong will

slowly fade away, which is why the time is now to promulgate their heritage; AND

WHEREAS, the Hmong celebrate one festive holiday worldwide every year in the month of December, the Hmong New Year, where traditional clothing and quilts are shown off, folksongs are sung, thanks are given to ancestors, there are celebrations and feasts on the fall harvest, and the New Year is welcomed with good health and well wishes; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Mayor and the Council of the City of San Diego, that this Council, for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby declare December 2015, to be “Hmong Heritage Month” in the City of San Diego.


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4 replies

  1. hi Nadin,

    First of all, thank you for taking time and resource to cover the Hmong Heritage Month in San Diego ( It is important that others know about Hmong, but more important, our children must have a comprehensive understanding of our culture, customs, traditions, and history. The Proclamation is a promissory note, a reminder that we all are entitled to unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    I want to point out a small typo: Sergeant Paul’s last name is Yang, not Kim.

    Again, thank you and have a Merry Christmas.

  2. Not a problem, and happy holidays to you too.

  3. Thank you so much for writing this article Ms. Abboott, receiving the proclamation is a great honor and I am so glad you were there to capture the moment.

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