Skip to comments.McDonald's Hmong billboard misses mark
Posted on 09/03/2012 8:23:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono
ST. PAUL, Minn.- U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's apparent first attempt to use billboards to advertise its breakfasts to Hmong-Americans has left it with egg on its face.
Two billboards written in the Hmong language went up this past week in St. Paul, Minn., home to a large portion of the United States' Hmong immigrant population.
They read: "Yuavtxhawbpabraukojsawv yuavntxivzograukoj mus."
It's meant to be Hmong for "Coffee gets you up, breakfast gets you going." But the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday some Hmong say the phrasing is awkward and words are run together.
"It sounds weird in Hmong because we don't really talk like that," Bruce Thao, 28, of St. Paul said. "Either way, there should definitely be spaces in between those words."
Dr. Thai Lee, a former chief resident at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, said while he thinks "it's great" mainstream businesses are becoming aware of the Hmong community, he's not keen on a fast-food company pushing menus not considered the healthiest.
As for the billboard's wording? It's a run-on sentence, he said.
"The text is also wrong, missing key breaks in the language," Thai Lee said. "As it stands right now, it doesn't make sense at all."
Bite the wax tadpole!
Racist if you do, racist if you don't.
Nah, forget it. Like I said, a crazy idea.
No, of course you can’t anticipate them learning English. We have to be liberal. Being liberal means we have to learn Hmong so we don’t hurt their self esteem.
You’re doing it wrong:
“No, ofcourseyoucantanticipatethemlearningEnglish. Wehavetobeliberal. BeingliberalmeanswehavetolearnHmongsowedonthurttheirself esteem”
LOL, right on. Let’s have run on sentences and not have spaces between words. That will show how sensitive we are about the Hmong language. (sarcasm)
Hmong spelling bees must last one round or less.
Maybe there’s just a bit too much caffeine in the coffee
Most Hmong I know are very fluent in English, I suggest the real idiots are the ones working for McBlue Slime advertising.
Now I know where Hmongous comes from and why.
What the hell is a Hmong American? We have continents....African Americans.....nations.......Mexican Americans......now tribes? What a crock.
I assume you’re not expressing solidarity with jelly doughnuts or experiencing erotic desire for Polish people.
Democrat greatest hits all, from JFK and Jimmah respectively.
That’s the kind of humor you want to keep Hmong friends.
We got quite a few Hmong around here. They learn English and do well. Local banks hire a few to communicate with the older ones.
Awesome wit and humor; this is why I am here on FreeRepublic.
I would concur with this statement, whether or not the target market can speak English or not. By catering to the use of foreign languages, these panderers enable and to an extent encourage immigrants to not assimilate, with native language being but one (albeit extremely important) aspect.
progress continues and marches on tonight, tonight i turn out my light and dream of vitamins and haircuts and genetic delight last week I was working in my kitchen when oddly I discovered cold fusion, so I wrote down the process on the back of my hand. next time when the recipe repeated I still thought that something else was needed cause texture and flavor were still quite bland. I dreamt I was swimming in the ocean and came face to face with a blue whale. It frightened me the size that it would grow. I found my purpose, I must prevent this, before he hurts us. bite the wax tadpole.
Just what we need, another hyphenated special interest group.
If “Hmong-Americans” didn’t exist, Democrats and their crony capitalist friends would have to invent them -— just so they could pander to them.
McDonald’s trying to appeal to the Hmong, you say? When did McD’s start offering dog and cat burgers, anyway?
MickeyD's just stepped in it bigtime.
Should have stuck with well known translations like:
Bite the Wax Tadpole (Coca-Cola, in Chinese)
Eat Your Fingers Off (KFC, in Chinese)
Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave (apocryphal, Pepsi-Cola, in Chinese)(or maybe “zombie apocryphal”, I suppose)
So, I suppose that, “Coffeegetsyouupbreakfastgets yougoing”, isn’t too bad, just indicative of *really* strong coffee.
And isn’t that little Barry Soetoro just to the left of the Ocean of Wisdom?!?
Americans could learn a lot from the Hmong. Freedom really means something to these heroic people.
I don’t think so. The Hmong wouldn’t put up with BS for one second.
The Hmong people earned a special place in the hearts of American combat soldiers because of their strong support for the United States. The VC and NVA were quite scared of them (not unlike reactions to Gurkhas). Their role was a secret in the early stages and they made a huge sacrifice to help the US. 18,000 of their soldiers were killed in battle before 1969, and more than 100,000 Hmong were killed by the time the U.S. made the decision to pull out of Vietnam.
Assimilation in the US has been difficult for them, being mountain people (independent minded, like our mountain folk) thanks to morons here who do not know the debt we owe them. And now this idiotic advertising. Did McD's even consider getting someone who spoke Hmong to compose the ad or did they go to some school or the internet?
My hovercraft is full of eels.
Probably the same guy who came up with twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun (can’t believe I’m the first!)
Do we owe them a debt, or did we simply have a common enemy?
Communism- yes. This is not unlike the fierce loyalty of the Filipino guerillas against the Japanese. They and their descendants are our allies against islamofascists and communists, both. The loss generationally is because the children of the Hmong are subject to the same sick democrap media and lies that has created our current society of “gimmees”
The same people who tried to market the Chevy Nova in Latin countries.....”No va” in Spanish means “don’t go.”
Tonto means “fool” in Spanish
“Drop your panties, Sir William; I cannot wait until lunchtime!”
Maybe Mcdonalds should just stick with pictures on their billboard.
There was a McDonald’s near where I lived in Raleigh, NC, that had a sign that was supposed to say “Now Hiring One Closer” but instead said (for a LONG time) “Now Hiring One Loser”.
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