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Women’s History Month: The Hmong Nurses

The Hmong are agrarian people who emigrated from China to the mountainous regions of Northern Laos following centuries of persecution. They are an indubitably independent people, geographically and culturally separate from the rest of Laos, but they have a long history of standing alone to fight for their adopted homeland. Their 4,000-year-old culture treasures concepts of honour, commitment, loyalty, and freedom; in fact, the word ‘Hmong’ is said to connote ‘free people’ or ‘those who must have their freedom and independence’. A group of women were among the first of the Hmong people to be trained in Western healthcare in …