Are The Hmong From Japan?

The Hmong are a group of people in Asia who have had a long and rich history. Over the years, many Hmong have migrated to Southeast Asia.

There is no evidence to show that the Hmong are from Japan. Hmong history indicates that the Hmong have lived in China for thousands of years. Over the years, the Hmong had many rebellions with the Chinese as the Imperial Chinese tried to force them to assimilate. Several bloody revolts within China caused many Hmong to leave China and migrate to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma).

Even today, a majority of the Hmong still live in China. There is no significant Hmong population in Japan, and no evidence to show the Hmong were ever from any place other than China.

The Hmong Are Not From Japan

The Hmong is an ancient Chinese Ethic minority. There is no evidence that the Hmong ever originated or came from Japan.

The Hmong have traditionally passed down their history through oral history. The Hmong oral history and the evidence from archives and archeological finds suggest that the Hmong ethnic minority originated near the Yellow and Yangtze rivers in China around 4,000-3,000 BCE; this makes the Hmong an ancient Chinese ethnic group.

History shows that the Hmong were a very dynamic group of farmers, and they were known to be some of the first people to cultivate rice and help spread rice as a staple all around Asia.

For thousands of years, the Hmong were a minor ethnic group in China who constantly struggled to gain independence. Imperial China continued to suppress any uprisings from small kingdoms as the Hmong in their quest to unite all Chinese people as one.

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Hmong Migrate From China To Southeast Asia

The Hmong and the Chinese continued to fight for hundreds of years. In China, the Hmong are classified as Miao; the Miao are banded together as a group of similar ethnic minorities that are all similar.

Some of the significant rebellions ensured the Hmong eventually migrated to Southeast Asia in present-day Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma). There is no evidence that the Hmong ever migrated to Japan.

All the Hmong history shows that their migration was to southeast Asia. They eventually migrated to Southeast Asia because of all the bloody rebellions in China. The Hmong were never able to gain their independence in China.

The significant rebellions that ensured the Hmong continued to migrate to Southeast Asia include:

  • Miao Rebellion (1795–1806) – The Miao Rebellion took place in Hunan and Guizhou, China, where many Miao minorities, including the Hmong, lived. It was a very bloody rebellion that took place over many years.
  • Taiping Rebellion (1850-64) – The Taiping Rebellion was a massive civil war in China; the civil war did not just go against the Hmong, but the Hmong were one of the groups that were wrapped up in this rebellion and affected by it.
  • Miao Rebellion (1854–1873) – There was also a second Miao rebellion after the first Miao rebellion. Like the first rebellion, this was also a bloody rebellion. 

Despite all this fighting, the Hmong never gain any independence in China. Today the Hmong are a minor ethnic minority group still classified as Miao with many other ethnic minorities.

As Cher Cha Vang, a Hmong Military leader who now lives in Minnesota in America, said this about the Hmong and where they originated from:

We always knew that our history was rooted in China. However, our ancestors never got along with the Imperial Chinese. They invaded our lands. Killed our people. This went on for hundreds of years. Many Hmong leaders and their families, including my great-grandparents, moved to Laos to escape being persecuted.

Cher Cha Vang

The Hmong history is deeply rooted in China, but it has a bloody history of the Chinese trying to force the assimilation of the Hmong into Chinese society. Despite this, the Hmong were able to keep their culture and traditions alive, and eventually, they migrated to Southeast Asia.

The Majority Of Hmong Today Still Live In China And Vietnam

From this migration to Southeast Asia, the Hmong got caught up in many other brutal wars, most notably the Vietnam War. After this war, many Hmong were forced to leave their country, especially Lao, and settle in other parts of the world, including the United States.

Today, you can find Hmong worldwide, including in China and Vietnam. Laos, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and the United States. 

Today, most Hmong still live in China, with Vietnam being the second largest population of Hmong. There is not much Hmong living in Japan; there is no evidence that the Hmong ever came from, lived in, or were part of the Japanese culture and people.

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What Happened To The Hmong After The Vietnam War?

When the Vietnam War ended, the Hmong in Laos was in a terrible position; the Hmong fighters were enemies of the present Laotian government and considered “persona non gratis.” Some were forced into labor camps or kicked out of their home and lands. The Hmong made their way eventually to the Laotian – Thai border so they could try to get into the United States via Thailand.

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Miao is a Chinese term used for the ethnic hill tribes that are Hmong, Hmu, Qo Xiong, and A-Hmao people. If someone says they are Miao, you can not automatically assume they are Hmong as they could be one of these four ethnic classified groups.

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