- When you greet the Iu Mien people, smile. Shake the personís
hand gently, using both of your hands, and bow slightly.
- The Iu Mien people generally start their conversations
by asking your name and how you are. They are flattered when you reciprocate
with questions, particularly questions about their family name. For
example, you might ask, "Are there many members with your family
name in this area?
- The traditional order of the personís name is last name
first. For example, Kouichoy Saechao would be called Chao Kouichoy in
traditional Iu Mien culture. (Saemeans literally, My
last name is Ö)
- Iu Mien people prefer to be recognized as "Iu Mien,"
not just "Mien."
- When you are offered tea or refreshments, always accept
the offer. (You donít have to drink or eat if you donít want to.) If
they serve you tea, it is more polite to receive the teacup with both
- Before you begin your talk, acknowledge the elders (oldest