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  • Walking with General Vang Pao

    gvp 10Scattered over a decade, I had the honor of interviewing the late Hmong leader General Vang Pao on several occasions. With intimate detail, he spoke about his life, vision, and dedication for his people, country, and the allies he had worked with from Laos to the United States.

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  • Our Last War

    Soldier Older-manHmong soldiers are renowned for bravery, valor and military tactical prowess.  That is especially true of the Special Guerrilla Unit (SGU) veterans who fought under the late Major General Vang Pao during the Secret War in Laos serving American interests as wll as Hmong self-determination for freedom.  Today’s generation of Hmong-American service members carry on that legacy in all branches of the U.S. military also.

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  • Hmong Wedding and Funeral Procedures Translation Project

    hmong-wedding-proceduresThe Hmong Cultural Center has completed a major project initiative involving the translation into English and production of two books -Tshoob Kos (Wedding Procedures) and Kev Cai Pam Tuag (Funeral Procedures). Earlier versions of these books were compiled in the Hmong language by Tougeu Leepalao, the Cultural Consultant of Hmong Cultural Center between 1995 and 2005. Hmong Cultural Center's goal with theTshoob Kos (Wedding Procedures) and Kev Cai Pam Tuag (Funeral Procedures)Translation project is to help preserve and disseminate key elements of Hmong ceremonial culture to current and future generations of the Hmong community in Minnesota and beyond.

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  • What does Marriage Equality Mean for the Hmong American Community?

    293877 10152302115250347 1373341257 nMinnesota finally passes marriage equality (otherwise known as legalizing same-sex marriage)! After a grueling campaign to stop the government from defining marriage as strictly between one man and one woman during last year’s election, supporters of marriage equality finally saw the governor sign the bill into law on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. That makes Minnesota the 12th state in the country to pass marriage equality. What does this mean for the Hmong American community? Hmong Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) will now be able to marry their partners. This will set a new precedent for us to rethink about our community and what is in store for us for the future. How will marriage change for us as Hmong Americans? Hmong LGBTQ may not be able to marry the “Hmong way,” but they are certainly going to do so the “American way.” Even then, we will all have to start rethinking how we see “family” and “community” in Hmong American society.

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  • When they dream it

    MIU-LOGO-LAYEREDWhen they dream it, dreams come true. That was the case when Cha Ger Yang and his wife Choua Yang first sketched the idea for a Hmong charter school. A decade later, Prairie Seeds Academy is enjoying continued growth and has no signs of slowing down.

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