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Discussion Questions

1) According to the article, it says: "Unmarried girls of 21 and 22 are perceived as not conforming to the ideals of Hmong womanhood." If you were put in the same position as the young Hmong girls, would you still follow the old traditions, or would you prefer if you can choose your own spouse? Explain the advantages and disadvantages of both.

2) In the second part of the article, the author talks about how Rabi Das women are sent to work outside the house because of low income they are facing. However, there still is strict control forbidding them from having their absolute freedom even though they are working hard to get money back to their homes. Is there a solution to end such a lifestyle that is not justified according to the women?