Daniel Vue ‘24
Creative Digital Media, Film Studies minor
I’m proud of my Asian heritage because of the culture and food. It’s different from others and it’s unique on its own. Hmong food is a little different. You use all aspects of the body of the animal. Like the intestines and all that. Most of the time it’s a bit greasy, sour, spicy, and salty.
One dish that’s very simple is like a Hmong sausage with a cup of rice with a side of hot pepper fish sauce on the side.
I like our culture, our clothing. It’s very vibrant and decorative. There’s different clans within the community and each clan has a different style of clothing. The Vue clan design is very simple.
The clans are based on our last names. There’s 18 clans, so 18 different last names.
I’m part of the Vue clan. Each clan has a different folk story behind it. There’s a story that could be good or bad at the same time. I know some other clans they can’t eat heart. There’s a folk story behind it. I don’t know much about the Vue clan’s folk story.
When two people marry from different clans, it’s like a two-week process. It’s like a deal where my son marries your daughter and you can have this and we’ll have that. Then the wedding process happens, then groom’s side of the family would need to pay a minimum of $5,000 for the wedding and expenses. Both family households come together.
Tips I would say for others to help Asian students feel more included is to join Asian clubs and just be there to learn and understand the culture.
Also just be willing to talk to them as if they’re just another human being. Just a simple hello would work! Students who aren’t Hmong are welcome to join the Hmong club. They’re more than welcome to join. There are other non-Hmong students who join and participate in our events and want to understand the Hmong culture. Just learn with an open mind.
To further celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I interviewed my fellow peers about what they’re most proud of about their Asian culture and their suggestions for how other Asian students can feel more engaged on campus.
Eveeh Thao ’25
Health education, Japanese Studies minor
Something I’m proud of is the obstacles that we’ve overcome.
I think that specifically, since I’m Hmong specifically, we have overcome a lot of barriers and we have a lot of untouched, natural like talent and skill within the Hmong community.
Find a place where you belong, whether that’s with like friends or family, people who look different from you, or whether you’re in your room.
Justine Khang ’25
So my heritage is Hmong American.
What I love about my heritage is the language we speak, the food we make and the clothes we wear.
Some tips I would give to help Asian students feel more included is to join culture clubs and go to culture events.
Pamella Wenzel ’24
I’m proud of how we treat family. How we treat friends and how our food is very unique.
Honestly, what helps Asian students feel included is for other to go out of their way to learn.
Learn what Asian students offer and especially learn their culture. That will help them feel more welcomed. Thank you.
Victoria Yang ’26
Elementary Education Early Childhood
I’m really proud Asians and our culture. Like we’re standing together and we support each other, no matter what our ethnicity is within the Asian culture.
We’re very like welcoming with others. It’s a good thing that we come together.
So WSU is kinda like not a really diverse campus for the Asian community.