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.
Va was born in Phanat Nikhom refugee camp in Chonburi, Thailand in 1994. The next year his family came to the United States. He has seven brothers and two sisters. In 2014, he was a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. As a youth, he had an active…
Teng's family members were refugees who fled to Thailand after the communist takeover of Laos. Teng was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. His family emigrated from Thailand to Minnesota in 1988. His family brought very little with them, but they did…
Sai Va Yang fought in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1975 with General Vang Pao. After the overthrow of the Lao government by communist troops in 1975 Sai Va fled with his family across the Mekong River and lived in Pua, Thailand until 1970. On July 10,…
Rada first came to the U.S. from Bulgaria with her mother in 1998 to visit her father, a musician who was studying at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. The next year, the family moved to Minnesota when her father was offered the opportunity to get a…
Nellie was born in Pusan, South Korea, in 1993. Her birth family is unknown, and she spent the first six months of her life in an orphanage in Seoul until she was adopted by a Caucasian family in Eden Prairie, MN. She arrived in Minnesota on a plane…
Mai emigrated from Ban Vinai Refugee Camp with her parents, siblings, uncles and grandparents. Her family had a total of 6 children at the time of arrival. Currently they are a family of 11 with 3 siblings born in the United States. Mai is the fifth…
Born in Russia in 1889, Joseph Helinski left his family in Russia (present-day Poland) in 1907 to avoid being drafted into the Russian army. He came alone and never went back. According to his descendants, he did not immigrate through Ellis Island but…