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About Us


This brochure is written on behalf of the Pahauh Institute, (PI). The Hmong have been living in the United States of America for almost three decades now. The majority of the Hmong people live in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. In history, the Hmong writing script was unknown to the outside world until the late 19th century. In fact, the Hmong writing script is called “Pahauh.” The writing script was imminent and extant with Hmong when they left Laos to Thailand, and now in America. With this place and time, the Hmong are revealing the true identity and the principle study of Pahauh (Hmong Written Language) to the public in large at Hmong school. Namely, the Pahauh Institute, is one of the legally Hmong school which teaches “Hmong Pahauh” in America today.

The Pahauh Institute (PI) was established on September 10, 1995, as a non-profit (public benefit) organization, by a group of Hmong scholars and Community Leaders, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

  1. Some of the Hmong are illiterate in their own language.
  2. Being part of the melting pot in America, we are afraid that our children will not be able to speak, read, and write our language.
  3. They will not know the Hmong Culture, Nature of Belief, History, and Social Structure.
  4. We feel that if we don’t have a strong background in ourselves, we won’t be successfully adapting or acculturating to/with other cultures.
  5. We feel that if we can’t read, write, and speak Hmong language well enough, we will not have the efficiency of translating English to Hmong and/or vice versa.
  1. Teach and maintain the Hmong language and writing.
  2. Research Hmong vocabularies.
  3. Research, teach, and preserve Hmong Culture, History, Nature of Belief, Rehabilitation Development, and Social Structure.
  4. Research Hmong Education Development Background.
  5. Educate the Hmong in cultural acclimation.
  6. Serve as a language Center for the Hmong and the general public.

The Pahauh Institute offers the following course of studies:
  • Beginning Pahauh (vfo Kld)
  • Intermediate Pahauh
  • Advanced Pahauh
With these three levels of studies, the beginning level is learning how to pronounce the alphabet of the Pahauh. The intermediate level is to learn how to read and write in Pahauh Hmong. Lastly, the advance level is for students who are interested in the studies of Hmong, which includes Hmong History, Humanity, Social Structure, Parenting and Child Disciplinary, Behavior and Ways of living.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we offer Hmong cultural dance classes (Jfo Wo, VMs vjms) for Pahauh Students who are interested especially girls.

We, the Pahauh Institute, welcome anyone from the general public throughout the state of Minnesota and other states. We have a policy for not discriminating anyone regardless of sex, race, age, ethnicity, and/or handicaps.

At last, we hope you enjoy visiting our site and understand our goals and purposes of the existence of the institution. We welcome you to visit the institution at the address below. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (651) 666-5661 or 651-276-9533.

Office Location:
1088 Rice St.
St. Paul, MN 55117
Email: info@pahauhhmong.com

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