Apparently English is not your native tongue and your situation is
well documented in the US Census Report.
"For example, regarding being Not Proficient in English, the results
show that Cambodians, Hmong, and Laotians have the highest rate of
lack of English fluency while Whites have the lowest."
Hmong among hardest hit by layoffs in down economy
Keng Yang thought life in America would be easier than in Thailand,
where he lived in a small hut and struggled to provide food for his
Now, sitting in a cramped, four-room apartment on Wausau's northeast
side just a few years after leaving Thailand, he says times aren't
"He doesn't know what to do in the future for (his) family," Yang's
uncle David Yang said, translating for the 29-year-old father of two
who in January was laid off from Wisconsin Box Co.Yang is among about
a dozen recent Hmong refugees from Wat Tham Krabok refugee camp who
have lost their jobs in the economic recession. Though thousands of
people in Marathon County have been laid off, the recent immigrants
are barely established, sometimes don't speak English, lack education
and often support extended family.
"I know it's going to be challenging," said Peter Yang, executive
director of the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association.
Among the more than 420 Hmong who came to Marathon County from 2004 to
2006, about 90 are adults who can work, said Chaitua Nikolas Her, job
developer with the Hmong Association. Of those, 74 were working, he
said, until the economic downturn left an additional 12 or so without
jobs. That's likely a hit to dozens, with many Hmong workers
supporting and living with multiple family members.
Wausau's overall unemployment rate reached 12.1 percent in March,
meanwhile, with Marathon County hitting 9.4 percent, according to the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The occupants of Keng Yang's apartment -- the upstairs portion of a
small house -- include Yang, his wife, his two children, his younger
brother and his brother's wife and two kids. They easily fill their
small kitchen as Yang cradles his nephew. The dark stairway to their
home is cluttered with dozens of pairs of shoes of all sizes.
Yang, who came to the United States in March 2005, said he made about
$9 per hour and found it difficult to support the seven other people
in his household. Now the household's income includes $250 in weekly
unemployment and his brother's part-time job at JC Penney.
Times in Thailand were difficult, Yang said, but now he's again
struggling to make ends meet, with the added stress of bills and other
Peter Yang said Hmong workers who lose their jobs apply for
unemployment, dislocated worker programs and other social services.
The Hmong Association helps them navigate the programs and aids
companies that employ them, and the jobless also can tap into
community aid organizations and churches.
Still, Keng Yang feels helpless. Finding a job is difficult with
limited English, and he hopes some sort of work -- whether a product
of the private sector or government -- will surface.
Tong Lee faces similar problems. Lee arrived in July of 2005 and was
laid off in February from J&D Tube Benders of Schofield. He's taking
the time, though, to improve his English through classes at
Northcentral Technical College, and also hopes to get his high school
diploma and study business.
"I need more English," Lee, 34, of Wausau said. "I want to study
That faith in education, for some, is the only bright spot. Yang,
despite his fear of not finding a job, says his children's futures
keep him determined. As the children chatter in the kitchen and peek
into the living room, he remarks that he hopes other families don't
lose that perspective.
Source from: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20090428/WDH0101/904280587/1981/WDHopinion
Post by All4One
What the hell are you talking about? Burn bridges? FYI....My survivial
has no correlation to any of the programs you mention. You MUST be
smoking the same weed as mr. Yong?