Mai Vang was born and raised in St. Paul, MN, where she graduated from Johnson High School in 2001. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Womens Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2005. She attended graduate…
Kathy Mouacheupao is a Program Officer for Creative Placemaking with the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC) supporting community organizations to leverage arts and culture for community and economic development throughout the Twin…
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia was born in Cholet, France, and moved to the United States at age eight. She grew up in Michigan in a small town just outside of Detroit, Hazel Park, that heavily informed her racial awareness and her identity as an Asian and Hmong…
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.
Moua Kong Vue is an educator, artist, and community organizer. Born in Crescent City, CA in 1990, he was raised in Seattle, WA and studied at Concordia University in St. Paul.
Thong Vang was born in Laos. He moved Muang Cha, Laos for middle school; Phon Hong for high school, and he obtained a physician assistance degree from a university in Vientiane. Thong moved to St. Paul, MN in 2007 to be with his family. His father had…