Vang Thao was born in Vang Vieng, Laos and moved to Vientiane, Laos in 1979. In 1993, Vang and his family went to Wat Tham Krabok refugee camp in Saraburi, Thailand, where several of his children were born. The family came to the United States in 2004.
Kaochi Pha’s family was forced to flee Laos because of the Secret War. Her parents met in Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand and married in 1988. Her parents moved from Ban Vinai to Wisconsin, where her uncle lived, in 1993. Kaochi was the first US-born…
Yesenia Moran Flores was born in St. Paul, MN. Her parents migrated from central Mexico to Minnesota when her mother was pregnant. Her parents owned a restaurant in Maplewood, MN from 2004 to 2008. Yesenia is a student at St. Paul College.
Nafisa Diriye was born in Somalia. She and her family moved to Nairobi, Kenya when she was seven years old. In 2006, her brother, who was living in the United States, sponsored her family and they moved to Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Edison…
Rodrigo Botero Ibarra was born in Cali, Colombia in 1970. He graduated from the Universidad del Valle with a degree in topographic engineering and worked as a topographic engineer and university instructor. He came to the United States in 2014 to study…
Elisabet Ampudia Mesias was born in Tumaco, Colombia. She studied at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. She studied English at the University of Missouri in 2011 and then moved to Minnesota with her family in 2014. She studied English at the…
Nathan Thin was born in Burma in 1991, and his family left the country in 1992. They left Thailand in 2008 and moved to Arizona in the United States. They moved to Minnesota in 2009. He is a student at Century College studying art.
Chih-Lin (Amber) Chi was born in Taiwan in 1992. She grew up in Tai-chung and studied in Taipei. She came to the United States in July 2014 to study English so that she can eventually take over her parents' cycling factory.