I’m thinking, Man, my dad better come back up.”When Nou Vang surfaced—exhausted and gasping for air—he was outraged and all of their fishing poles were lost.Nou Vang’s heart was still racing as he pulled his sons to shore.It was 1989, and Samuel and Methuselah Thao were only 7 and 8 years old.Their father, Nou Vang, had taken them on a fishing trip to Pike Lake, a half-hour drive southeast of their home in Wausau, Wisconsin.In 1990 the 16,373 Hmong persons in Wisconsin made up 0.33% of the state's population. By 1980 200 Southeast Asian refugees had settled in Wausau. By this time the US government had relaxed some restrictions and allowed families to immigrate, leading to reunification of Hmong families in Wisconsin and other destinations.From 1990 to 2000, the Hmong population in Wisconsin increased by 106%, as immigration continued from Hmong refugee camps in Thailand. The first effort aided nuclear families, but Hmong extended families and clans are extremely important to their society, and they pressed also for extended family members to be allowed to immigrate.The governor of Wisconsin Jim Doyle appointed a Hmong Resettlement Task Force in 2004 to review social policies and make recommendations to aid the acculturation of Hmong in the state, particularly as some welfare and social service programs were changing as a result of federal law.
Yet within this difficult framework, the Hmong have fostered a vibrant community and impacted the broader region.
We envision communities fully engaged to provide safety and to give a voice to all affected by domestic abuse, while creating the social change necessary to address its root causes.
We honor the wisdom and strength of domestic abuse survivors across the lifespan.
On July 22nd roughly 200 Hmong, Cambodian and Lao veterans gathered at the Hayden Heights Recreation Center at 1965 Hoyt Avenue in St.
Paul for a parade to honor their service that ended at the General Vang Pao Community Center at 1600 White Bear Avenue.
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