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"U" DVD To Teach Hmong Rules Of Outdoor Use
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DVD to help Hmong enjoy the outdoors
Associated Press
Posted: 04/24/2011 12:01:00 AM CDT

The University of Minnesota has helped produce a DVD to teach Hmong immigrants more about how to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

"Yos Hav Zoov" was written, acted, produced and directed by Hmong Minnesotans and is being distributed for free at community events this spring and summer.

The DVD uses a variety-show format with Hmong actors to teach about everything from using public lands to gun safety and which wild plants are safe. Smokey Bear even shows up to talk about fire prevention, in Hmong.

The project was led by Michele Schermann, a research fellow at the university. It received funding from the U.S. Forest Service.

Schermann says it was clear from her talks with immigrants that they wanted to enjoy the outdoors, but didn't always know the rules.

Good idea, Michele, but please spare us the "Don't know the rules" crap. As another news story noted this weekend, the Hmong have been in Minnesota for 35 years. Their pleas of ignorance of fish and game laws are long past credible.

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Nice to see that someone made the effort to produce this video.

Hunting and fishing are not a "free grocery store for your family" and hopefully DNR takes care of people who treat it as such - without regard for what language they speak and where mom and dad grew up. People born here face huge fines including loss of their equipment, boats and vehicles in some cases. Hmong should not be spared these punishments because "awe shucks they just didn't know."

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