Tshaj Lij Production promised to donate a portion of their earning from “The Crush” to Pahuah Institute.
On February 1, Tshaj Lij did exactly what was promised. They donated $500 to Pahuah Institute to preserve the Hmong language developed by Shong Lue Yang (Soob Lwj Yaj 1959).
Shong Lue Yang was born on September 15, 1929 near the city of Nong Het, Laos. In 1959, Yang started to have visions of a two male twins who taught him Pahuah. The twins instructed him to teach the script to the Hmong and Khmu people after he had graduated. He assumed the title “Savior of the Common People” and started teaching the language and his message across Laos. He believed that anyone who accepted the language will flourish and escape hardship. Shong Lue Yang was assassinated by Nos Toom Yang in 1971.
Pahuah Institute, On behalf of Pahauh Institute, we would like to give a big thanks to HMONG American Movies/ Tshajlij Production for their generosity in their donation to help preserve the Hmong writing system and for the younger Hmong generation to learn.
Pahuah Institute is located in St. Paul, MN. They offer a variety of classes according to levels of the language. Their classes are in session currently. Contact them for more information.
With Hmong filmmakers always falling and stumbling along trying to catch up with the rest of the world, they forget to embrace our culture sometimes, especially, when they have the power to shine light on certain topics and stigma. It doesn’t always have to be financial. It can a short film or a documentary to preserve our short time here. Something that is written by us to be put into history instead of letting others write our stories for us. Sadly, the Hmong film Industry, (every country that Hmong films emerged out of), has been disappointing lately. All we see now are films of people yelling and kicking buckets to make a couple of bucks. Or cheating on their wife (vies) and perpetuating more Hmong stereotypes. Hmong American filmmakers have the biggest platform to stand on. But somehow, the stage isn’t big enough for them. They fight over pity projects for “fame” and “money”. If you can’t stand on the platform properly without fighting like children than don’t expect any “fame” from the people. The community can see right through all your makeup. For those who believe Hmong film should be more “Americanize,” I agree to an extent. Yes, Hmong filmmakers need to pick better techniques to improve. However to indicated that Hmong film should be “Americanize” as to become like them, I say “Get your head out of your behind.” A Hmong film will and should be never be like an American film. Just like Bollywood films, it will change and improve but it will always have its roots of Indian custom of filming. Just like K-drama, they will adjust due to audiences but they will always be K-drama. They don’t change who they are. They adapt and improve. For one to say that we should throw away what makes us unique from the rest of the world is for us to cut off our own head. Embrace our beautiful culture and bring it into the light and let it shine is what we need. The only way to save our industry is to improve our films, not change it.
Moua Lee (Golden Path Entertainment) put together a short documentary ”Hmong Story 40 ” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hmong in the United States. A very simple, yet beautiful short documentary to help promote the Hmong community is all it takes to slowly regain the trust of the community in Hmong Films.
Mong Bros Pictures brought tujlub “spin tops” into the light with Tub Ntsuj Tuj Lub. Slowly embracing Hmong culture will gain you a fan base.
Houa Production creating school drives and Christmas give away; it was very generous of them. With production like these who are willing to make a change to improve and get the community behind them, I see great success in their future.
There are still many more honorable mention that we did not listed but the ideas here is to learn to embrace your culture and improve in order for us to grow and flourish.