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A Photograph Captures a Moment in Time

A Photograph Captures a Moment in Time

Photos by Galen Beery & Shayle Miller Written by Lar Yang “A photograph freezes a moment in time,” Doug Hulcher – refugee camp photographer once told me. For the last three years, William Cha and I have spent countless hours, scanning and digitally repairing thousands of photographs for the Hmongstory 40 project. It is time...

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Photographs of Hope: Honoring Erica Hagen

Photographs of Hope: Honoring Erica Hagen

Photos Erica Hagen / Written By Mao Her Flores and Mao Misty Her PERHAPS IT WAS FATE. MAYBE, LUCK. OR EVEN DESTINY. WHATEVER IT WAS, IT LED ERICA HAGEN TO THE DOWNTRODDEN WOODEN SLAT SCHOOLHOUSE IN THE BAN VINAI REFUGEE CAMP IN MAY OF 1980. IT WAS DUSTY AND HUMID THAT DAY WHEN THIS “POG...

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Back to Paradise – The Interview

Back to Paradise – The Interview

The veteran Hmong American Band discusses their journey to become Paradise and their thoughts on the future of Hmong American Music Written by Chelsey Xiong / Photos by: Wesley J. Yang / Photos by: Vlai Ly / Photos by: Jose Rangel I WAS ABOUT ELEVEN WHEN I FIRST DISCOVERED HMONG AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC. One weekend,...

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The Secret War Unveiled

The Secret War Unveiled

Written by Lisa Herrick / Photos by John Willheim / Photos by Xiong VFX THE BOLD DOCUMENTARY FILM EXECUTIVE PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY LAR YANG & LU VANG IS THE FIRST EPISODE CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HMONGSTORY40 AND VALLEYPBS, AND SERVES TO CLARIFY THE HISTORIC MILITARY ROLE PLAYED BY THE CIA-FUNDED HMONG SPECIAL GUERILLA UNITS...

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Conversation with Kou Vang – Kub Vaj Loog Tsua

Conversation with Kou Vang – Kub Vaj Loog Tsua

Story by Pachia Vang / Photos by Kong Vue / photos by Vlai Ly Among a new generation of Hmong artists, Kub Vaj Loog Tsua has emerged as a star that has taken the Hmong-American community by a storm. A singer from Laos with a voice that penetrates the soul, Kub’s songs have touched the...

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