Hmore Hmong? Polygamous Hmong?
Current VDARE.COM record
holder for angry email is
Joe Guzzardi`s 8-01-03
“Hmong Wrong For America. America Wrong For Hmong.”
We mean Hmundreds—the
Hmong don`t seem big on democratic debate. We keep
asking Joe for a sequel, but you know how shy he is.
Here Brenda Walker fills in for him.]
[Recently by Brenda Walker:
Is it possible to have
family values in excess?
Hmong tribesmen from Laos,
members of the
mountain tribe recruited by the CIA in the 1960s to
fight a guerilla war against the Communists, now
refugees here in the U.S., believe that
having several wives is a boon to creating the
large families and clan structures that they value.
However this cultural norm clashes noticeably with
the traditional American view of what constitutes a
basic family unit—particularly now when
defining marriage is central to the national debate.
Seems the Mayor of St. Paul, Randy Kelly wanted to
make nice to the thousands of Hmong who already live in
agreed to facilitate the mass transfer to the United
States of more than 14,000 Hmong who currently reside in
Thailand refugee camps. St. Paul would take most of
However, when talks began in Bangkok recently between
the Mayor and local officials, a glitch developed when
Kelly stated that polygamy would present a problem. [Polygamy
hinders Hmong entry to U.S.
Agence France-Presse Mar 2, 2003]
"The U.S. said they will only allow men to bring
one wife for each family, which is impossible,"
complained Thai General Pallop Pinmanee. "Many Hmongs
have several wives. How can we separate family members?"
(Hmong family values include multiple wives, though
Perhaps the general knows the dirty little secret
that thousands of Hmong living in the U.S. do indeed
have polygamous arrangements. A University of Minnesota
investigated the prevalence of polygamy a few years
ago and estimated that "between 270 and 450 men are
practicing polygamy in Minnesota, each with an average
of two wives and 14 children. That would mean that as
many as 7,600 men, women and children are living in
One reader, a 24-year-old man, believed that his
ethnic status should be respected:
"When you make polygamy
illegal, you take away people`s rights … People who
choose a polygamist lifestyle should not be ashamed, it
is your right."
Many Hmong women appear not to care for being one of
multiple wives, but
women have little standing in traditional Hmong
society. In fact, the
kidnapping of girls for marriage—also called bride
marriage by capture—is one kind of courtship and the
chosen bride has little choice in the matter. It`s not
unusual for girls as young as 13 to be taken in
Many American pundits
dismiss the idea that the current gay marriage
controversy will lead to demands for legalized polygamy.
However, it is not at all unimaginable that
groups who favor polygamy—immigrant Hmong and
homegrown Mormons—will use the occasion to begin
suggesting that polygamy is an acceptable lifestyle
choice for our increasingly multicultural nation.
After all, having multiple wives is an arrangement
that has been historically widespread. It occurs in the
Old Testament without reproach.
But in practice, polygamy often is a form of child
abuse and slavery, in which very young girls are
sold to older men.
After the first media stories on multi-wifing
appeared, the response from the Mayor was to clam up and
defer to others "at a much higher level" who
would presumably make the final decision. But Anthony
Newman of the
International Organisation for Migration, a key
component of the Refugee Industry`s
“iron triangle,” was not nearly so shy, He said
that in practice the issue (i.e. American law) was
"On paper, they can have
one wife only. But in reality they can all move together
to the United States and stay together as a family
group," he said.
US officials visit Hmong refugees, BBC, March 2,
Is it not curious that when the American airwaves are
ablaze with controversy over the definition of marriage
that this case has gotten zero attention?
think of homosexual couples getting hitched, it`s
obvious that traditional marriage is far more damaged by
the stealth introduction of polygamy, an institution
which is based on the abuse of women and girls.
If the St. Paul polygamy dust-up were not bad enough,
another mess in the controversy is that residents of the
Thai refugee camp are being screened with tests to prove
they are healthy and are not
addicted to drugs—presumably the
opiates for which Southeast Asia is famous.
"The drug tests will be one of the biggest
hurdles," remarked the visiting delegation`s
spokeswoman, Laura Mortensen.
So will thousands of drug-addicted polygamists be
welcomed into America in another escalation of
multiculturalism against American values?
Or will the Mayor of St. Paul actually speak up
against importing into the United States would-be
refugees who are already breaking U.S. laws in two major
Curious VDARE.COM readers can contact Mayor Randy
Kelly at 651-266-8510 or use the city
email form to contact the City of St. Paul.