I caught this intimate photo on the night of Chinese New Year 2015 of an older brother lighting the wick on his little brother's sparkler. I met so many Hmong kids in China that I found it difficult to remember all of their names, but I'm glad I was able to take down the names of these two brothers. The one on the left is Yang Wen Xiu (7 years old) and the right is Yang Wen Shi (4 years old). I ended up having to look out for these two on one evening since their dad was out drinking and enjoying the New Year festivities, and they sure are very fun kids to be around, especially when taking photos. The kids noticed that I had the same last name as they do so they just called me uncle or uncle Yang instead. I was very pleased as well to find that a good majority of these kids can still speak Hmong because usually if they grow up in the city, they learn to speak more Mandarin and eventually drop Hmong entirely.
From Year of the Monki