Hmong Association of Long Beach, Inc.


Hmong arts and culture

The Hmong Association of Long Beach, Inc. was formed to assist Hmong and other Laotian refugee groups with adjustment to American life, to preserve Hmong culture, to educate the general public about Hmong history and culture, and to support cooperation among the Laotian and Southeast Asian refugee groups.

In 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2009, the Hmong Association of Long Beach's Qeej Not Gang program was supported with grants from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program.  The Queej Not Gangs program is an inter-generational Hmong cultural preservation program which teaches youth and adults a variety of traditional arts practices; many of these practices were disrupted due to the experiences of war, refugee camps, and acculturation to America.  Since the program's conception in 1998, youth have been engaged in learning traditional dance, drumming, and language.   Adult classes include learning the qeej (a 6-reed flute, pronounced "ghang"), pan dau (needle work), and mekong (marriage negotiation protocols).

 

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Student dancers from the Hmong Association of Long Beach's Qeej not Gangs program (Photo: ACTA)

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