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Youth

Youth

Your children are the future of your generation. This is probably a statement that we all know too well and had heard it many times before. By investing in our children, we are giving them the opportunity to reach their goals and dreams.

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Khmu History

Khmu History

Khmu’ is the name of an ethnic group in Laos (an ethnic of the Mon-Khmer group) who speak the Mon-Khmer language. They are the native people of the country of Laos and are one of the three largest ethnic groups in Laos. According to the latest research of the Laos ethnic group by Laurent Chazee in 1991, the Khmu’ people represent 32% of the total population, about 1.4 million.

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About Us

About Us

Khmu’ Community of Orange County, California was established in 1981 by our most respected and humbled leaders, Thomas (Khammeung) Manokoune, Tommy (Khammoui) Sayavong, John (Bounchanh) Sayavong, and Edmund (Ngeun) Channita and its main purpose was to assist newly arrived Khmu’ refugees from Laos to gain access to social services for government assistances and to provide them with basic needs, so they can start a new life in the United States of America.

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CULTURE

Wrist Tying Ceremony

Wrist Tying Ceremony

In Southeast Asia, as in some other parts of the world, having a string tied around one’s hand helps ensure good luck and spiritual health. The Khmu’ Tuk Ti’ ceremony is part of many special occasions, including weddings, the New Year, a visit from special guests, the first rain, a successful healing and recovery, and the name-giving ceremony for a month-old baby.

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Plain of Jars

Rice Wine Ceremony

The jar of rice wine called Buuc Kdoq has long served the Khmu’ people as a symbol of their cultural identity. Reminding them of their ancestors who carved and fashioned the great stone jars of the Plains of Jars, the jar of rice wine is the focal point of the Khmu’ New Year and other important celebrations.

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Plain of Jars

New Year History

In the last 37 years, more than 10,000 Khmu’ people have arrived in the United States as refugees from our homeland of Laos. Although the Khmu’ are the native people of Laos, we have lived there as a scorned minority for the past six centuries. After 1200 A.D., the Lao and Thai peoples moved south from China into Laos, conquering the Khmu’ and driving our ancestors into remote mountains.

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EVENT

Khmu New Year

Khmu New Year

Khmu’s traditional New Year celebration falls in December towards the end of the year. During this special moment, all Khmu’ families gather in one central venue to give thanks to our ancestors for the bountiful harvest, good health, and a peaceful community of the previous year.

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Picnic

Picnic

We hold a Khmu’ Community picnic annually where all close friends and families come and join the fun.

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The Jar Band

The Jar Band

The Khmu’ music band was formed by a group of young Khmu’ men in 1987, but it was not fully developed or known to the public until 1989, when we decided to regroup and named the band “The Jar”.

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