Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Annotation #8

The Refugee Experience In Thailand
This article talks about hundred thousand Hmong took a dangerous journey on foot across the Mekong River to get to Thailand. The early Hmong movement was divide into three wave. These wave depend on what date you arrive in Thailand. The condition of the camps varied from barely tolerable to awful. When the camp first open there was no toilets, no water to wash themselves, no clinic for the sick, no jobs, no land to grow food, and no way of getting money to buy food. More than 90% of Hmong refugees in Thailand had been accepted for resettlement to the United States. Life for the Hmong refugees in Thailand became more difficult as the goveernment consolidated camps and tightened control over camp life. The Thai is worried about the growing Hmong population that they put a policy of "humane deterrence." Its designed to deter asylum seeker and to encourage those already in Thailand to resettle to the West or to return to Laos. The Hmong refugee in the Thailand camps have lived there for many years now. Different generations develop marked differences in the way they pattern their daily lives and envision life beyond the camp. In the camps women can make money by sewing handicarfts and clothing, in this case women are more success at earning wages than men. For the young people they learned English along with Thai, in this case they learn thing faster than adults.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Annotation #7

Hmong Get Last Chance To Immigrate To U.S.
In this article it talks about the Hmong helping out the American with the war. The United State agreed to accept the Hmong under pressure from the Thailand, which provide no aid to the refugee and regards them as irritants. The United State will only accept those who have registered with the Thai government at the camp. For some of the Hmong refugee it will be their first time to aboard the plane. In Laos you could married as many women as you can but when you come to America you (the husband) can only registered only one wife and the other wife have to registered separately. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee say that " the Hmong will have an easier adjustment because they were place in different camps and had to adjust to the camps. Some of the refugee can't wait to reach the U.S. What the Hmong like most about the United State is the FREEDOM they have and they can go anywhere and do anything. This articles also talk about how the Hmong got to Thailand.

Annotation #6

The New Faces Of Minnesota: What To Leave Behind?
This article talk about the Hmong refugee are arriving in Minnesota and the children of those who were refugee will decide what traditions to keep and which will die with their parents. The Hmong in Minnesota came from Laos and worked closely with the CIA during the Vietnam War. Thousand fled to Thailand as refugee and were unable to return to their country without risking death. The Hmong are in Minnesota because the American promised to take care of them in return of their help in fighting th North Vietnamese and the Communist Pathet Lao. To escape from the Communist the families head for a perious journey through Laos and across the Mekong River into Thailand. The Hmong culture will not go away easily we are able to adapt to about 50 to 70 percent of the way the American live and do things, but there are sone things that they can't change and it the way they get marrie. This article also talk about that in the Hmong culture offers women few roles beyond being a wife and mother. The Hmong still struggle to balance their strong culture heritage with the demands of the dominant American culture.

Annotation #5

Hmong Families: A World Apart--Door Closing: Dreams Dashed
This articles talk about how the Hmong in Thailand want to join their families in America. Thousand of Hmong tries to escape but the door to America is slam shut. The Hmong once enjoyed the entree into United States because of their alliance with America in the Vietnam War but now they have to get in lines with everyone else to be able to get to America. It say that reuniting families would require a special act from Congress or an administrative waiver by INS officials. In the articles it listed the percentage of the Southeast Asian immigration. The Hmong influx into the United States is likely slow considerably after teh Thailand closes its remaining refugee camp and sends their inhabitabts back to Laos. Spouese, unmarried minor children and parents of U.S. citizens are qualify for an unlimited number of immigrant visas to the United States and will not face the waiting period.

Annotation #4

Returning To Laos: Hmong Fight A Bitter Return
In this article it talk abouthow you have to make the list for you to be able to come to the United State. Many Hmong fear that their relatives iwill in Laos will become another Vue Mai. The mystery of the Vue Mai's dissaperance has become a legend in the Hmong circle. In Spring, about 822 Hmong got on buses in Thailand and cross the Mekong River. When the Hmong went back to visit their relative they found out that someone die, dissappear, or never made it to a safe area yet. The Thai has been lying to the Hmong that if they go back to Laos then they are safe but when they went back to Laos they were refugees by international standards. The United Nation is defending the Thai about the change in the camp and moving the Hmong refugee.

Annotation #3

Hmong Families--A World Apart: Heartbreak and Hope
In this article it talks about the past of the Hmong refugee that used to live in Thailand and how the Hmong's rice crop has failed them and how the United Nation money has ran out so this tell us that the Hmong has no meals to support their families. This talk about that the United Nations High Commission for Refuges is the largest donor in the United States. The Hmong is terrified of going back to Laos even though the United Nation say that "they are safe" but the Hmong is still scared to return back. The United Nation say that "no one is forcing the Hmong to return back to Laos." Hmong 's American relatives want the United Sates to accept more than 10,000 Hmong refugees in the camp to come to the United State.

Annotation #2

Hmong Families: A World Apart--Holding Out For A Home Land
This article is about that Hmong will no longer be refugee anymore because in October 1 more than 600 Southeast Asian refugee will be newcomers to Minnesota. The refugee camp in Thailand will be close but there is still 5,000 in Ban Na Pho camp, 200 in the detention center at Phanat Nikhom, and 600 in the Sikhui camp. The Hmong refugee say that "they rather die than returning to Laos." The United Nation say that "they are far short of money it needs to resettke the last wave of South Asian refugees." In the article they have estimated the number Hmong living in United State.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Annotation #1

"Hmong Families: A World Apart--No Hiding From The Fear"
This article is about how the government want the hmong refugee to return back to their homeland(Laos.) They are being froce by gun point and threat. The governement is talking about how the Laos is a major abuser of human rights and how the United State Department has supported 6,000 Hmong and would retun another 5,000 or more to Laos from Thailand's refugee camps. The State Department say this by doing this it will help the Laotian regime toward democracy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

R.A.F.T. ~"Show Don't Tell"

My place is a place that keep me clam and make me feel can hear the wave and feel the cool wind blowing through your can see the sun set at night and rise at day and night my place wash way the bad time that happening around me...its a place that no one will find me... i only been there once but it seem as if i have live my whole life there...if you close your eye you can picture my wonderful place it will keep you clam and happy...guess what my place will NEVER know...