Banlang Phommasouvanh was born in Laos in 1946. She studied in France on a scholarship. After the outbreak of war in Laos, she and her family fled the country and came to the United States. Banlang has a BA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale…
Cha Toua Her was born and raised in Laos. He joined the Secret Army in Laos in 1967, when he was thirteen, becoming part of the Special Guerilla Unit (SGU). He was trained as a field medic and a dentist and eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He…
Sengchan Thao was born in Laos. She met her husband, a Hmong American from Minnesota, when he was visiting Laos. They got engaged and she came to the United States in 2007 to marry him.
Buntanh Supantavong was born in Laos and attended Chulalongkorn University in Thailand for four years. He was a Buddhist monk for twenty years. His family fled Laos after 1975 and lived in Ubon Refugee Camp for several months. They resettled in…
Yan's family are Karen refugees from Burma. He was born in Thailand but he and his mother immigrated to the US when he was very young. He was raised in St. Paul, MN for most of his life and he feels very Minnesotan.
Vongsay is an award-winning poet and playwright. Her critically acclaimed play Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals was named “Best Production of 2013” by L’etoile Magazine. Her work has been made possible with support from organizations as the Jerome Foundation,…
His family became refugees after the civil war in Laos. They spent two and a half years in refugee camps in Thailand, undergoing countless medical exams, before finally being resettled in the United States in 1986. He lived in Sacramento, CA and College…