We wanted to share this great blog post written by Tiffany Vang, APIASF/GMS Scholar. She asks some tough questions, provides some thoughtful reflection on Hmong beauty pageants, and also weighs in on confidence, leadership development, skill building, and long-term empowerment. Definitely worth the read, if you have some time. Below is a (spoiler alert!) quote from the end of her piece, but you can access the entire post here.
My largest motivation to write this somewhat controversial blog are for two reasons: 1. I am an aunt and a big sister to two young girls who are 6 years old, 2. I firmly believe in progressing Hmong women into leadership roles that will influence and sculpt our society. As an aunt and big sister, I want young girls to know that glamour and beauty are not the most important things to have. I want them to love the person that they are. I want them to love their face and body because it is what it is. And if one day they want to take on the task of empowering women, it will be through education, helping women find their voices, fighting for equality, and not through pageants.
To close out the year, we wanted to do something fun, so we put together this photo-a-day project for December. The end of the year can be a busy time, so we hope you have the chance to snap a few photos and share them with us throughout the month. And for those of you who are preoccupied with preparing for your exams and papers, we hope this can provide refuge from your busy schedule!
We hope this project encourages you to reflect on your past year, as well as on your goals for the new year (#repReflections). Please feel free to: interpret the topics as you see fit, be creative, and share your photos with us! There are no wrong answers as all perspectives are valuable.
Some of the APIASF staff will even be participating and sharing their photos throughout the month. We hope you find this project meaningful and look forward to seeing the world through your lens!
- Take a photo for each day’s topic. Don’t worry if you can’t do it everyday!
- Share your photos with us. There are a few ways to do this — submit them, email them, and/or hashtag (#repReflections) them on your own Tumblr and/or Instagram account(s).
- Have fun!
Hello! And nyob zoo! I have switched my blog home. I see that tumblr is such a easy site to use…I should have done this a long time ago. Well feel free to follow me, I promise to be interesting! Besides my usual thoughts on current events or anything I want to add my 2 cents to, I will be off to India in about one week from today. I am super excited and cannot wait. I will be living in Kolkatta (Calcutta), India, and attending St. Xavier University. I will probably be making regular vlogs and blogs as well. Get at me! ;)