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One powerful reason why speaking Hmong matters so much

My husband told me a story of something that happened recently and I asked him to share it with you. Here's my husband:   Hey there! My name is Touger (Tub Ntxawg). A few weeks ago, I picked up my mom and my 16 year-old brother to chauffeur them around town to run some errands. My mom told my younger brother to sit in the front passenger seat and my mom sat in the back. While driving around town, my brother and I were chatting and just catching up on life (all in English of course). Before I knew it, we finished the errands for the day. On our way back home, my mom started to cry silently in the...

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Hmong Children's Book Update #3

I should be receiving the 2nd set of sample books with the adjusted color scheme TODAY! If the colors look right, then we'll give the final approval for the mass production of the books :) Let's hope all goes well! The amount of time for production, printing, and shipping is usually longer than expected so I want to thank you for being patient as we go through this process together!  Just as a reminder, my goal is to get you your book(s) before Christmas (December 25th). Barring any catastrophes that I cannot control, I will do my best to make this happen!

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Hmong Children's Book Update #2

I received samples of my Hmong Children's board book! The books look great! However, there is a slight coloring issue so I'm going to adjust the colors and send the printing company an updated file to print me another set of samples. I really want to make sure that you get a high quality book :) Hopefully I'll get the new samples sometime next week. The original board book had only 16 pages (including cover and back) but after some deliberation, I decided to increase the page count to 20 (including cover and back)! That required more graphic design work on my part as well as increased costs but I think it's totally worth it :) I think you'll like it!

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HmongBaby Survey Results!

Last week, I sent out a survey to the HmongBaby email list and got a ton of really helpful insights about what it's like being a 2nd generation Hmong-American mother of young kids. I resonated with a lot of what others wrote in their survey responses.  Below you'll find the survey question along with a word cloud of the most common words that people used in their responses. 1. What are your biggest concerns for your children?   2. What is the biggest challenge you have with passing down the Hmong language to your kids?   3. What would make it easier for you to share the Hmong language and culture to your kids?   4. What are some Hmong books or documentaries that you recommend I read or...

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Hmong Children's Book Update #1

First off, THANK YOU so much for preordering our first Hmong children's book called, Ua Si, Ua Si! (Play, Play!). We are super excited about the amazing response we've gotten! Just in case you missed it, we surpassed our GOAL and received a total of 730 preorders!A few things for you to know:1. Last Thursday, we sent our digital files to the printing company and they are at work on printing our samples for us. Once we receive the samples to confirm that they look and feel exactly the way we want them to, then we'll give the company the final approval to print all of the books. We should receive the samples sometime this week.2. If you bought a White Hmong...

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