and these things happen too.
sad i couldn’t be there this year - but i hope all those who went had a great time!
Hmong-pilots finally honored after 30+ years in Maplewood. Thank you courageous warriors.
The New Hmoob is a new magazine, and its second issue is out. You can find it here. It is a promising positive outlet for the community.
Check her out: Shona Hang, a Hmong-American pursuing her dreams.
“I am very honored and pleased that we are once again gathered here today at Arlington National Cemetery, as we first did in 1997, at this monument and tree that are dedicated to the Lao and Hmong veterans and their American advisors,” said Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Laos and Hmong scholar.
In 1997, I remember my father dressed in his green combat uniform and green cap as he headed off to Virginia. Before he left, he stood as a proud soldier in the backyard of our first home in Minnesota, next to our cars and urban garden as my mother captured a picture of him. I wonder what stories my father is afraid to share. in middle school, i interviewed him about his life as a soldier, and although he wanted to tell me those stories, fear held him back simply because he was afraid the government would come for him.
my father is now over 60. i haven’t seen him for almost a year now. i’m going back home in july and i hope to hear his stories more thoroughly.