SUAB HMONG NEWS (09/15/2018) – Nhia Vang, President of Montagnard Organization, responds “we must forgive those that are against us” to the latest controversy, a few Hmong individual posted on the Social Media Network, against an event Nhia Vang held in Thailand on February 11, 2017 to nominate Willis Bird to “Vaj Saub” or “Hmong King” to lead the Montagnard group forward.
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The controversy began after Nhia Vang took a delegation to visit Laos late in August 2018.
Some Hmong individual posted photos of Nhia Vang and Willis Bird with fake king hat on their head and declared that Nhia Vang nominated Willis Bird to “Hmong King” is against their will. Later, an individual posted a misleading information on the Social Media Network (Facebook and YouTube) labeling Hmong Media outlets covering Nhia Vang and his organization “not to be trusted”.
On September 9, 2018, three Hmong individual, representing Hmong communities in Thailand, posted a video on Facebook condemning Nhia Vang that the Hmong community in Thailand do not accept Willis Bird as Hmong King in Thailand and requested Nhia Vang to make a public apology. No official name and contact info indicated on the video.
“We must forgive those that are against us. Some of the reasons they are against us is because they are concerning the works we do” said Nhia Vang.
Based on a Suab Hmong Survey posted on the Suab Hmong Network group on Facebook to see how its members think about the controversy. 9 out of 46 persons think what Nhia Vang does is bad for the Hmong community. 37 persons think what Nhia Vang does has no affect on the Hmong community.
Richard Wanglue Vang, Executive Producer for Suab Hmong News, said the individual posted such misleading info on the Social Media Network against Hmong Media outlets is a well-known person to members of the Hmong Media.
“I do not know what his purpose of posting such misleading information on the Social Media Network against some of us that are covering the story of Nhia Vang and his organization. I believed many Hmong still reluctant to Media Coverage because Media is new to the Hmong community and some people are having sensitive to it” said Richard Wanglue Vang.
Richard Wanglue Vang added “We cover stories in the Hmong communities for 18 years and we are a well known entity to the Hmong community at large”.