Meet Fresno’s new Miss United Hmong

Nu Vang, a Fresno State graduate, won the Miss United Hmong pageant on a platform of community health and healthcare access. Read more about how she sees her role as Miss United Hmong, in a profile posted on Medium, by The Know.

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Hmong veteran reflects on secret war

Choua Thao became a nurse for U.S. forces during the C.I.A.’s secret war against Laos; her close association with Americans put her in danger when they abandoned the region, and she fled with her family to the United States. “If you are working for the American, they want to capture you, take you to kill you.” Now living in San Jose, the grandmother and […]

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Culture celebrated at Hmong New Year

Every year, over a hundred thousand people gather at two locations in Fresno to celebrate Hmong New Year, a multi-day festival that features music performances, traditional Hmong clothing and dancing, courtship games, and authentic food dishes. Young people joining the festivities at the Fresno Fairgrounds were asked why they celebrate Hmong culture. “It is important to me to wear the traditional clothes […]

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‘Who am I?’ Hmong youth face choices in religion and culture

Hmong-American teens in Fresno, coming from a minority ethnic group with a history of being refugees, try to reconcile their “American” social identities with the religious customs of their families.  Some are ready to forget about animism and shamanism, while others value those practices. Others think that young people need to connect with their roots and […]

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Language barrier makes Hmong parents in Fresno feel like ‘outcasts’

Hmong parents and community members gathered for a listening session where they weighed in on the debate over how local school districts should be allocating their state funds.  By the end of the discussion, the message was clear: a lack of translation services for Hmong speakers is the greatest barrier to that community’s engagement with […]

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English learning programs

For new immigrants and their families, learning English can be an early barrier to keeping up in school — if the language emphasis isn’t provided by the school. Hmong and Spanish speaking students at Edison High School, and their parents, can find opportunities and resources to optimize their English learning potential while they go to school. […]

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