I believe MEC stands on solid ground regarding its struggle for Mong dialectical equality. Its recent existence comes not to express short term anger toward the St Paul rocks establishment, but to start a conversation in order to reach a long-term strategic goal toward a unified purpose between all multi-Mong speaking dialects across the globe. How to form long lasting friendships, and get along well with your family members, relatives, friends, neighbors, and enemies is your ultimate goal.
To begin with, let me ask each of you a question which may or may not relate to today’s topic, yet it does carry a significant weight for the issue at hand. Do you see Mong people as separate groups with different ancestors, or do you agree that all Mong emerged from the same stock, one Mong man and one Mong woman from the beginning of time?
Does it really matter which Mong dialect you read, write and speak?
Friends and foes, with all due respect, it does not matter which Mong dialect you spell the word Moob/Hmoob. For those who can read Mong, how many of you can only read Hmoob, and not Moob? For those who can write Mong, how many of you can only write Moob and not Hmoob? For those of you who have grown up in the Mong community, how many of you know that only you, Mong Der/Leng exist in the world? On the contrary, and let’s be honest, for those who have never seen the word Mong/Hmong (Moob/Hmoob), and this is your first time learning that there is such a people called Mong, and you are asked to spell, read or write the word “Mong,” which word, “Mong or Hmong, Moob/Hmoob,” would it naturally come easier for you to read, write, or even pronounce straight forward? If you are not brain dead, I bet the majority of you, the strangers, would pick Mong over Hmong or Moob over Hmoob as your choice.
For those who already know how to read Mong writing, you will know that these two spelling Moob/Hmoob are just two different ways of dialectical expression put into writing; it represents two unique dialects, Leng and Der having the same meaning and referring to the same people. Different spelling of the word “Mong” as either Hmoob/Moob does not alter its meaning, similarly like American and British spelling of the word “theater or theatre, or center and centre,” which still has the same meaning. Mong Der/Leng dialects are not much different than the British/American, northern and southern tones. Why create an issue out of a matter that is moot?
I understand both Der/Leng dialects 100%, and I can interchange my communication from one dialect to another at any time without a problem. Which of you only understand Der and not Leng dialect? Which of you only hear Leng and not Der dialect? There are more Mong dialects than just Der and Leng, in Vietnam, China, and Burma, and if only Der/Leng dialects sounds good to you, you are not a Mong, Mong are bigger than what you think, and you better go learn more Mong dialects until you get Mong as a whole people.
MEC, your job is heavy, but you will stand because you are doing the right thing and moving along with the season of common purpose. You not only speak for the interest of Mong Der/Leng here in America, but also for Mong worldwide. You are against anyone, without regard to their dialectical identity, who tries to create frictions against the sanctity of the Mong people. That is your job! There are Mong Txhaij, Mong Dlub, Mong Lab, Mong Ntshuab and many other Mong around the world that you are speaking for. This is a good fight, and the fight must continue! There is nothing wrong when one is a Der by birth but chooses to speak in a Leng dialect or vice versa because it is done voluntarily, giving up his/her mother tongue without duress. But it is inherently wrong and detrimental, against the law of nature, when there is an intent to eliminate someone else’s existence because they are not your kind. Whoever alienated one Mong, that individual has separated all Mong, and this is not going to happen, not under your watch.
I believe that with your struggle, and a determination to move forward, you will be able to overcome all difficulties now and, in the days, ahead. I dream that one day, there will be one Mong writing system that can accommodate all Mong dialects across the world. But until that day comes, let me tell you that I am with you. Your fight keeps Mong hope alive. Together, let us today recognize that whichever Mong dialect you speak, write and read, and wherever you may live, in Asia, America, or Europe, you are equal under the law, your dialect and way of speaking are as powerful to you as mine is equally important to me, and without any reservation, you are protected under the Mong umbrella indefinitely.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment. Have a great day!
The Three Blackbears
Tsaab ntawv nuav yog sau tuaj qha mej paub tas mej teg dlejnum tshawv kev ncaaj nceeg, nthuav kev dlaav kuam Moob nyob tau ib teb, koom tau ib chaw, yuav tau txais kev muaj yeej. Mej tsis yog tshwm swm lug qw txug mej tej kev chim sab, npau tawg tsuas plaub lub pobzeb nyob st paul, taabsis mej tawm lug ntshav kev pheejxeeb tsuas Moob. Yuav uacaag txhaj cog tau kev phoojywg, nthuav tau kev dlaav tsua yug tsevneeg, zeejtsoom koomhaiv, phoojywg hab pejkum haiv, tsis has phoojywg los yeeb ncuab txug tug. Qhov ntawm yog mej lub homphaj.
Mej muaj zeem muag tseeb, has qhov yog. Mej paub tas HaivMoob thoob ntuj yog koom ibtug puj ib tug yawm, pib thaum ntuj tsim tebtsaug lug.
Puas yog swv ib lub suab has Mooblug xwb txhaj yog qhov tseeb?
Has lug Moob tawm lub suab Moob dlaabtsis los yeej yog Mooblug taag ntsho, yuav sau ntawv tawm lub suab Moob dlaabtsis los yeej tau taag, puas yog? Mej cov txhawj ntawv Moob, mej muaj pigtsawg leej nyeem tau Hmoob, taabtsis nyeem tsis tau Moob? Mej cov txawj sau ntawv Moob, mej muaj pigtsawg leej sau tau Moob, taabsis sau tsis tau Hmoob? Mej cov luj hlub huv Moob lub zejzog, mej muaj pigtsawg leej kws tsuas paub tas Nplejteb nuav tsua muaj Moob Dlawb hab Moob Leeg xwb? Yog tas koj yog ib leej tuabneeg tsis tau nov dlua, pum dlua ntawv Moob, es nuav yog thawj thawj zag koj nov tas muaj ib haiv tuabneeg hu ua Moob, lu lug twg koj nyeem tawm tau “Moob” meej hab yooj yim dluas? Moob los Hmooob, Mong or Hmong? Yog koj lub hlwb tseem ua haujlwm, kuv ntseeg tas koj yuav xaiv Moob/Mong, tsis xaiv Hmoob/Hmong, puas yog los tsis yog?
Mej coj kws yeej nyeem tau ntawv Moob lawm, mej yuav to taub meej meej tas “Moob hab Hmoob” yog ib tug, tsuas yog siv suab Moobleeg los Moobdlawb cov lug sau, puas yog? Yog tas koj tsua nyeem tau Moob taabsis nyeem tsis tau Hmoob, tes kuj yog koj tsis tau paub ntawv Moob txaus, koj yuav tau moog kawm ntxiv.
Kuv tau taub suab Moobdlawb, Moobleeg 100%, hab kuv yuav has lub suab twg lub caij twg los yeej tau taag, tsis tau suav tas lub suab twg tseem ceeb dlua. Nwg tsua txawv zog mivntsiv thaum koj has tawm, xws le suab Moobdlawb has tawm ntawm qhov ntswg ntau zog, le ntawm xwb. Tabsis cov ntsab lug has le caag yug yeej paub taag. Tsis taag le ntawm puas yog tsuas muaj suab Moobdlawb hab Moobleeg xwb? Nwg tseem muaj ntau ntau luj suab has Mooblug nyob Suavteb, Nyaablaaj teb, had Phabmabteb hab nev? Koj yuav tsum tau moog kawm kuam koj paub txhua lub suab has lug Moob, es koj txhaj txawj qab qaws Moob, puas yog? Koj tub tsis paub suab Moob txhwj txhwv tas muaj pistsawg hom, txhob tsawm qhuas qaab qhuas tsau tas tsuas yog suab Moobdlawb/Moobleeg txhaj yog qhov tseem tseem. Qheb qhov muag kuam dlaav, rua qhov ntsej kuam luj zog puas tau naj lov?
Mej MEC teg dlejnum nyaav, kuas mej yeej muaj kev txav txim sab tawv qhawv, tshuav tshem kev lim ham, rov taws tuam ntuj, mej yuav tau txais kev muaj yeej–vaam meej, vim mej ua qhov yog, hab coj qhov tseeb tsaws kaab kev ntuj tsim teb tsaug. Mej tsis yog ntxub ntxaug ib leej tuabneeg twg, los tsua has tsua Moobdlawb/Moobleeg nyob Ameslikas yuav xwb, taabsis txheem kev kub ntxhuv tsua Moob thoob ntuj. Leej twg ua tsis yog, txawm Moobdlawb, Moobleeg, los mej tsua tawm tsaam tug ntawm. Qhov nuav mej ua yog lawm. Yog thaum twg tseem muaj mej nyob ntawm kov, Moob kev ruaj ntseg, kev sib qob qaws yuav sawv ruaj khov. Yim meem moog kuam kawg nkau, tsis txhob tsaug muag, los ca leejtwg muag tau mej lubsab.
Nub nua mej nyuabsab, taabsis moog tom ntej lub qhovrooj yuav qheb tsuas mej. Muaj ib nub mej yuav muaj peevxwm coj tau Moob lug koom ib tsob, nyob ib chaw. Kuv ntseeg tas ib nub tom ntej, yuav muaj ib tug ntawv Moob kws sau tau txhua txhua lubsuab, tabsi muaj ib lub ntsablug tsua haivmoob thoob nplajteb. Thaum nub ntawm tseem tsis tau lug txug, kuv qha mej paub tas, kuv nrug mej koom ibsab, taug ib txuj kev. Ca peb txais paub tas Moob yeej muaj ntau lubsuab has Mooblug. Koj txawm yuav siv lub suab Moob twg has Mooblug los yeej tseem yog koj nam lubsuab; yog koj teejtug; koj lub suab has Mooblug tseem ceeb tsua koj ib yaam le kuv has kuv nam lubsuab. Koj txawm yuav nyob qhov twg los xwjpeem, koj tseem yog peb Moob ibtug zoo tuabneeg, koom lub npe hu ua “Moob,” thov fwm hab qhuas koj lub suab Moob.
Ua tsaug tsua lub cibfeem tuaj tawm suab. Nyob zoo suavdlawg!
Has tawm: Pebtug Dlaisdlub
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