"I went to my first Hmong Night event when I was about nine years old, and that was when I was really inspired to go to college, to join this club and to keep our culture alive."
Who can join? Why join?
Anyone is welcome to join this club. We really encourage other ethnicities to join because we are very open to learning about others’ cultures and spreading the word about ours. People should get involved because they can gain new experiences and learn from people of other ethnic backgrounds.
How did you get involved?
I have known about Hmong at OSU because my older siblings were a part of it during their undergrad years here. I went to my first Hmong Night event when I was about nine years old, and that was when I was really inspired to go to college, to join this club and to keep our culture alive.
What is your best memory?
The best memory I have had of Hmong club would have to be spring term of 2016. We had a potluck barbecue at Chintimini Park where there were tons of good food, good company and fun games. We ate until our tummies were full, chilled and then played the most fun game of kickball in the field — very memorable moments that day.
What is the community like?
My experience with the community in this club is nothing but positive. As a transfer student my sophomore year to Oregon State, I felt a little out of place since everyone already knew each other. However, after one meeting and a few kick backs, I felt like I had a family away from home. We all have the same morals, backgrounds and similar stories, so we support each other, and that is one thing I am most thankful for being a part of this wonderful group.
When did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?
I first felt a sense of belonging when our club had put together our Hmong Cultural Night in January. To see all of the audience in one room there to learn about our culture, I was ecstatic.
How have you grown from being involved?
I have grown personally from this group by challenging myself to explore the culture more, as well as learn from the other members about things I didn’t know before like traditions, rituals and folktales. I have grown a sense of true identity within the Hmong club because everyone in the group reminds me of my roots, and that makes me proud to be Hmong.