This is the story of a Hmong family who fled Vietnam after the war and raised a family of twelve children in the United States.
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.
Maia Lee was born in Laos, in the city of Long Cheng in November 1965. In May of 1975, Maia’s father had decided it was time to leave because of the imminent danger to their family. In August of 1978, Maia and her family arrived in the United States via…
Arlee Vang was born in Thailand in 1989. She grew up in the United States and obtained her bachelor's degree at Georgetown University and her master's degree from Harvard University.
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…
Mai Xiong was born in Laos in 1960. She and her family were displaced by war several times. She met and married her husband in Vang Vieng, Laos, and they later moved to refugee camps Thailand to escape further violence in Laos before resettling in the…
Sheng Yang was born in St. Paul, MN in 1995. Her parents were Hmong refugees who lived in a Thai refugee camp following the Secret War in Laos before resettling in the United States in 1992. Sheng studied at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Nelsie Yang was born in Minnesota, USA in 1995. Her parents were Hmong refugees who came to the United States because of the Secret War in Laos. Her experiences of racism in the United States and discrimination she observed as a study abroad student in…