Hmong People Culture

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Walt Kowalski was a widower living in his home that he has owned for many years in Michigan. Over the years, the demographic has shifted in the neighborhood, from the white, working class to poor immigrant Asian families. Walt did not hide his displeasure for his neighbours, the Vang Lor family. The Vang Lor’s were from the Hmong culture. The Hmong people were people from the mountainous regions of China, Laos, and Thailand. Walt had several disparaging things which showed his prejudice and racism toward the Asian family. He developed antagonistic hostility toward them as individuals because they belonged to that group.
Language is universal which is defined by ethnicity and race. There was a significant difference in the communication style and language used between Walt’s culture and Hmong people.
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At first, he ended up being rude to Thao who knocked his door to requests for cables. He then covered up his talk with the fact that they were still mourning and slams the door. This act showed how he downgraded his youthfulness and felt that he can’t tell him anything new.

Walt displays an openness to experience as he becomes familiar with his new neighbours the Vang Lors. He spends time with their daughter Sue and comes to terms with the death of his wife. Walt showed his sentiments towards their neighbours Vang Lors as he had sympathy for younger Thao who tried stealing his prized Ford Grand Torino. Walt teaches him values of how to be a man and provider for one’s family instead of teaching him his authorities. Walt helps him obtain job for Thao with one of his friends.
Walt opens his heart to Thao and Sue by showing his modesty as he starts to realise that he is the same as them. He develops trust for them and starts to come to their aid whenever they needed them. He even allowed Thao to drive his Ford when he had a date with a young woman. Warmth filled the heart of Walt and he started treating Thao and Sue as his own
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