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Dedicate My Life to The Hmong: General Vang Pao

Dedicate My Life to The Hmong: General Vang Pao

The year 1941 was a year of heavy frost, resulting in meager harvest in Xiengkhoung Province, Laos. A White Hmong boy had taken his precious black gelding on a day's journey from his village to the tojxeem to pay a debt that his family owed. There, at the tojxeem's house, he saw many other Hmong that had also come to pay their taxes. The boy ...

Courage Under Adversity

Courage Under Adversity

Many folks will give up in times of extreme hardship. It doesn't take much for us to break under pressure, or to let go and sink into a lake of hopelessness when we are burdened with financial instability and responsibilities that stretch beyond our familial obligations. But only the few like Lee Yang and his wife, Bao Moua, have been ...

Language as Identity: the Hmong Language

Language as Identity: the Hmong Language

As professor teaching Hmong literacy for more than ten years, I have seen drastic changes in the level of Hmong proficiency amongst Hmong college students who attend California State University, Sacramento. According to my observations and the data I collected from my Hmong literacy course, more and more Hmong students are losing the Hmong  ...

Silent Killer: Hepatitis B

Silent Killer: Hepatitis B

With a professional kickboxing career spanning more than ten years, five championship belts, his stunning fights broadcasted on ESPN and Youtube, Yia "the Bull" Mua boldly established himself as the first and most recognized Hmong figure to break into mainstream martial arts. To the eyes of fans and friends in our community, the world-class ...

The Pa Lor Story - The Journey between two Worlds

The Pa Lor Story - The Journey between two Worlds

When Pa Lor pulls the red veil over her face, she travels to the spirit world searching for lost spirits or ways to help people living in the real world. But physically, her body is still here.

The Hawj Brother's Distillery Story - Brewing a Dream

The Hawj Brother's Distillery Story - Brewing a Dream

It's commonly known as Baijiu in the East. But in our community, we've always called it caw dlawb or "rice wine." You'll find it stored in jars on kitchen counters or in the pantries of most traditional homes, but you won't find it on any market shelf-at least not until now. "It's actually a distilled liquor, not a wine," says Rinna Her, 28, ...

Media chat with Zoua Vang

Media chat with Zoua Vang

Zoua Vang put a Hmong face on the news in a good way and not as a topic for a news story.

Tou Ly Vang Khue - Up Close + Personal

Tou Ly Vang Khue - Up Close + Personal

In the late 70's and early 80's, as the major wave of Hmong refugees from Thailand resettled in the United States, a young man's music emerged to capture the story of his generation's experience. Painting with lyrics an emotional portrait of how Hmong people lived in isolated communities throughout America-how his generation dealt with the ...

Misty Her - Go with your Heart Principal

Misty Her - Go with your Heart Principal

It was an unpredictable move in her career. She remembers walking out onto the schoolyard and looking around with uncertainty, thinking, "All of this is on my shoulders now. If I mess up, that's it. There goes the 1,200 students and staff." The Hmong community she represented was an additional weight. A few wondered if she had received the ...

The Story of Jerry Yang - From Tragedy to Triumph

The Story of Jerry Yang - From Tragedy to Triumph

Quite possibly the first time most people heard of Jerry Yang was on national television when he played as an amateur in the World Series of Poker Championship. There, beside a small mountain of money, laid cards waiting to transform the life of a refugee. And beside those cards sat a man waiting to transform the lives of others.

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