Cha Neng Vang was born in Laos in 1954. At the age of 14 he began playing the qeej. After entering the refugee camp he stopped playing the instrument until after he came to the United States in 2000.
Chee Vang was born in Mon-ya, Laos in 1946. She married Pa Ying Vue, a soldier who fought in the Secret War in Laos, and had five children. During the war, she led her family across the Mekong River into Thailand and lived with them in the jungle for…
PaDao Vang was born in Laos in 1978. Her family moved to Thailand in 1980 because of war, and they lived in Ban Vinai refugee camp until they resettled in California in 1989. She received her associate's degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and…
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…
Ariana Yang was born in St. Paul, MN in 1991. Her parents were from the Xiangkhoang province in Laos and were forced to flee the country because of the Secret War. They lived in refugee camps in Thailand before coming to the United States as refugees.
Vongsavanh Boutsavath was born in Laos in 1936. He was the General Commissioner for Rural Affairs of the Royal Lao Government from 1966 to 1973. He was also a lecturer at the Royal Institute of Law and Administration of the Sisavong University from 1968…
Jonathan Shia Yang (Jonathan Siab Yaj) was born in Fresno, CA in 1991 and moved to St. Paul, MN in 1996, where he grew up. He graduated from Bethel University in 2014 with a degree in Reconciliation.
Song Vue was born in Laos in 1934. After the communist victory in Laos in 1975, Song, her husband, children, and many relatives fled to the jungles and later to Thailand, where they arrived in May 1979. She and her family lived in Thai refugee camps for…
Xia Phia Yang was born in Laos into a family of 12. His family fled to Thailand in 1979. They lived in the Ban Vinai refugee camp until 1992, and there he went to school, worked as a nurse and a public health worker, and started a family of his own. His…