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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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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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Elder Hmong and Depression

Elder Hmong and Depression

Written by Alice Daniel When Yong Yang Xiong arrived in Fresno 14 years ago at the age of 53, he really wanted to find a job. But he couldn’t speak English and employers told him he was too old. On top of that, he was suffering from chronic physical pain. “As a petite man, I...

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Hmoob 40 Xyoo : 1975 – 2014

Hmoob 40 Xyoo : 1975 – 2014

40 lub xyoo puas ntev rau koj? Ntawm kuv tus kheej kiag twb tseem tsis tau pom 40 xyoo vim nyuam qhuav muaj 36 nyob rau xyoo no xwb. Hais tias tsis ntev no tab sis peb haiv Hmoob cov niam thiab txiv uas coj peb tawm hauv lub teb chaws Los Tsuas tuaj nyob...

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Passion to Serve – Fenglaly Lee, M.D.

Passion to Serve – Fenglaly Lee, M.D.

Most people do not know what they want to do in life or may take considerable time to finally determine a career path. For Dr. Fenglaly Lee, she always knew and decided early in life that she wanted to become a medical doctor. Dr. Fenglaly Lee is currently the only Hmong woman who is a...

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Starting Over – The Pha Mouavangsou Story

Starting Over – The Pha Mouavangsou Story

At one time in life, Pha Mouavangsou was a high school drop-out, divorced single dad, and often got into trouble hanging out with the wrong crowd. But his exceptional journey to get to where he is today breaks the mold, reaffirms that you can still reach your full potential as an adult later in life....

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