The Family Of Hmong Culture

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With the centrality of the family in Hmong culture, having sons or a son is very important as they are the ones who will take on the last name and lead the future generation of the family (Cha, 2010). Cha states, “The clannish nature of Hmong society favors a son. A family that does not have a son is viewed as a burden to the clan and community, because such a family will not contribute much to the community,” (p. 24). In the culture, the son(s) will take care of the parents as the daughter will get married and move to live with the husband’s family. Religion also plays a role since the traditional belief is that although the daughter can take care of the parents physically when they are alive, they cannot take care of them spiritually after they pass away. This is because the daughter becomes a part of the other family and cannot worship her parents’ spirits after death (Cha, 2010).
From what is described above, the culture is seen as favoring the sons and males more. Nevertheless, the parents still love their children equally and the daughters still play an important role in the household (Cha, 2010). The daughter usually cleans and cooks in the house. The sister-in-law who marries the brother can only lighten this burden for the daughter. Cha (2010) points out, “It is said that the daughter is the guest and the daughter-in-law is the caretaker,” (p. 25). The daughter-in-law starts to bear the responsibilities once they enter their husband’s household. They take the lead
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