Welcome to the BYU-Idaho Hmong Association home page!
Who are the Hmong?
The Hmong are a people who love freedom, and would fight for it if necessary. Their original homeland was in the heart of China. However, as you trace their history, you would find that they are a people without a homeland since the early 1800s. They were driven southward after they were defeated by the Chinese during the Opium War. They settled in North Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and later in Thailand.
Why are they in America?
The Hmong were US allies in the fight for freedom in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. They were recruited by the CIA to fight against Communist North Vietnam to deter the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam to South Vietnam. When Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia fell to Communist control in 1975, the Hmong were targeted for extermination by the Lao Communist regime. The Hmong had no choice but to flee. Since then, the Hmong have scattered all over the world: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States, while leaving families and relatives behind in Laos.
How many Hmong are here in America?
The current estimate is between 250,000 and 300,000 Hmong people living in America.