Hmore Hmong? Polygamous Hmong?

Brimelow writes:

Current VDARE.COM record
holder for angry email is

Joe Guzzardi`s

"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.]

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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

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.

The Hmong social norm of polygamy is simply an

irreconcilable cultural difference
with American
values, particularly when a veritable village wants to
decamp lock, stock and wives to


Seems the Mayor of St. Paul, Randy Kelly wanted to
make nice to the thousands of Hmong who already live in
Minnesota, and

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
doctoral student

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
polygamous families."

When the publication

Future Hmong
brought the subject out of the shadows,
hundreds of Hmong males wrote to defend polygamy as a
lifestyle choice—despite the detail that it is a

in Minnesota.

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

of girls for marriage—also called bride
theft and

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

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 polygam
y—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
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?

Whatever you

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

for which Southeast Asia is famous.

"The drug tests will be one of the biggest
remarked the visiting delegation`s
spokeswoman, Laura Mortensen.

So will thousands of drug-addicted polygamists be
welcomed into America in another escalation of

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.

Brenda Walker

lives in Northern California
and publishes