It was considered a luxury if a HMoob family could afford a large boom box in the 1990’s to early 2000’s. Boomboxes were used as instruments for entertainment, courtship and were considered a form of wealth.
Donated by Sandy LEe
“Kuv yuav tshiab tshiab...kuv tseem muaj cov CD nkauj ntawv nas ces kuv tseem pheej, tej zaum zoo caij zoo nyoog, kuv kho kho siab ces kuv tseem mloog thiab… Yuav tshiab tshiab los ces yeej tsis tau piam ces kuv yeej khuv xim thiab kuv tias cia nws nyob nws.”
“I bought it new...I still have some CD songs so when the timing is right or if I’m feeling nostalgic, I still use it to listen. I bought it brand new and it has never broken on me, so I still cherish it.”
NAM KAV XEV,
Donated by Nou Thao
VHS are physical documentions of HMoob values, cultural norms and entertainment. Some VHS are original movies created by HMoob people while some movies of different cultural origins, like Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Hindi, etc, are dubbed in HMoob.
HMOOB CASSETTE TAPE
Donated by Tou Xiong, 1995
The recordings on this cassette is from a woman who lived in Laos sending a message to a family in WI to share information about some herbal medicine.