Hmong Culture Essays

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Hmong Culture - Food, Eating and Cooking Diverse Cultures in America - Soc 240 Upper Iowa University The Hmong people are originally from rural mountainous areas in Laos and they still inhabit that country to this day. Laos is a country that is located in Southeast Asia. Hmong people are divided into clans or tribes that share the same paternal ancestry. The Hmong people inhabited all parts of Laos but all carried pretty much the same cultures and livelihood with them as many immigrated to the United States in the past few decades (Ohio State University, 2005). One of the important parts of Hmong culture is their food. The Hmong staple food is white rice. Their diets consist of a variety of vegetables, fish, meat and traditional…show more content…
Hmong try to grow as much food as possible to supplement their families without having to buy from grocery stores. If there is excess food grown, they are shared with fellow clan members. Hmong culture relies on many different methods for cooking meals and they are stir frying, boiling, steaming and roasting over an open fire. Vegetable oils and pork fats are the primary fats used in cooking if an oil is needed. Seasoning are also an essential part of cooking, they use soy sauce, hot peppers, ginger, garlic, coconut and lemon grass which are all quite commonly used. The Hmong culture does not usually use salt and pepper, since it was not readily available in Laos. But it is been found in more and more of American Hmong kitchens. There were many products that Hmong use today in America that were not readily available to them in Laos. Dairy products are one product which was unavailable most of the time in Laos, though at times goat milk was used to supplement diets. Many Hmong continue to not use dairy products because of the moderate percentage of Hmong that are lactose intolerant. The overall fat content in the Hmong diet is very low. The Hmong people eat relatively few sweets and do not participate in cooking these sweet items very often or at all (Kitler P.& Schuer K. 1989). Sooner or later the inevitable will arise, since we are all are human and curiosity and taste buds are what doomed Adam and Eve, it is what will someday doom the Hmong
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