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  • NorCal Hmong, ACLU Take on Sheriff Over Voter Suppression

    09/17/2016 11:24:05 AM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies
    Court House News ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Court House News
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Nestled under the dominating silhouette of Mt. Shasta in northernmost California is a bustling community of Vietnam War refugees and Hmong-Americans seeking solitude in normally tranquil Siskiyou County. Hundreds of newly settled Hmong residents sought calm in the mountainous terrain, but many say they have collided with a sheriff hell-bent on restricting their voting and property rights. Alleging systematic voter suppression in the June primary and subsequent racial profiling by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, 10 Hmong property owners sued the sheriff and Siskiyou County on Monday in Federal Court. "I remember the panic and the...
  • Southeast Asian allies of Vietnam war honored at Fort Snelling

    04/18/2015 6:09:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-18-15 | Will Ashenmacher
    In what was described as the first occasion of its kind in the country, a memorial to the Southeast Asian forces who fought as allies of the U.S. during the Vietnam War era was dedicated at Fort Snelling on Saturday. The plaque, in the cemetery's Airborne Circle, memorializes the Hmong, Laotian and Khmer special forces units that served in Cambodia and Laos. "I believe that this is probably the first time that they have been recognized specifically in a place like this," Trudell Guerue, president of the Chapter XV 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, said during the dedication ceremony. For Khoa...
  • Remembering Those Who Are Still Not Remembered

    11/11/2013 5:33:34 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 3 replies ^ | 11/11/2013 | William Russell
    As we pause to remember and honor the service of our veterans on this Veterans Day, let us also remember those veterans who are all too often remain forgotten – even when we take the time to remember those who were intentionally overlooked for so many years. Just three of these examples include the Filipino Scouts of World War II, the US Soldiers and their Korean Augmentees who fought and died along the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea in the years after the Korean War ceasefire was signed, and the Hmong tribesmen who fought along with our Special Forces in...
  • McDonald's Hmong billboard misses mark

    09/03/2012 8:23:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 3, 2012
    ST. PAUL, Minn.- U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's apparent first attempt to use billboards to advertise its breakfasts to Hmong-Americans has left it with egg on its face. Two billboards written in the Hmong language went up this past week in St. Paul, Minn., home to a large portion of the United States' Hmong immigrant population. They read: "Yuavtxhawbpabraukojsawv yuavntxivzograukoj mus." It's meant to be Hmong for "Coffee gets you up, breakfast gets you going." But the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday some Hmong say the phrasing is awkward and words are run together. "It sounds weird in Hmong because...
  • Spellbound ahead of Saturday's Hmong Spelling Bee

    05/20/2011 9:48:24 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies ^ | 5/20/11 | ALLIE SHAH
    What began as an exercise to help college students in Wisconsin master the Hmong language is now an annual test of suspense and nerves in St. Paul. "It's taken on a life of its own," said Tzianeng Vang, founder of the Minnesota Hmong Spelling Bee. Now in its fourth year, the bee is set for Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul. Students from nine schools in the Twin Cities -- the most since the bee began -- will compete for a traveling plaque and bragging rights. Most important, the bee gives them practice pronouncing Hmong words, something many first-...
  • Laos Hmong leader Vang Pao denied Arlington burial

    02/04/2011 8:38:33 PM PST · by Racehorse · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 February 2011
    The US Army has rejected a request for ethnic Hmong leader Vang Pao to be buried with full military honours in Arlington National Cemetery. Gen Pao led a 15-year CIA-sponsored secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War and, when it was lost, led tens of thousands of his people into exile. He died last month. The army's decision came as mourners attended the first day of a six-day funeral in California. Gen Pao's friends said they would appeal to the White House. "Obviously to everyone who is here today to honour Gen Vang Pao, this is very disappointing," said...
  • Hmong leader Vang Pao dies

    01/06/2011 7:07:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 1/6/2011 | Cyndee Fontana and Alex Tavlian
    Gen. Vang Pao, an iconic figure in the Hmong community and a key U.S. ally during the Vietnam War, died today in Clovis. Vang, 81, was admitted to Clovis Community Medical Center on Dec. 26. Vang apparently was admitted shortly after making his annual appearance at the Hmong International New Year event at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Charlie Waters, a friend and veterans advocate in Fresno, said Vang was suffering from pneumonia and an ongoing heart problem. Vang is revered by many as a father figure and leader who helped bring and settle the Hmong community into American life. But he...
  • Disgruntled medics to quit Hmong refugee camp

    12/28/2009 2:01:40 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies · 417+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 12/28.2009 | ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT
    The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) yesterday announced its withdrawal from the Hmong camp in Huay Nam Khao, Phetchabun province, after operating there for nearly four years. The reason, they say, is the Thai military's restrictions and coercive tactics. The withdrawal is a further embarrassment for the Abhisit adminstration, which recently suffered a bruised image due to the Navy's inhumane push-back of the Rohingya boat people. Gilles Isard, MSF's head of mission in Thailand, said the Thai military's scare tactics to pressure ethnic Lao Hmong to accept a forced return to Laos and its intensifying restrictions on MSF's activities, such as...
  • Thailand moves to send Hmong back to Laos

    12/27/2009 10:54:59 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 19 replies · 738+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 28 , 2009 | JERRY HARMER
    PHETCHABUN, Thailand – Thailand sent army troops with shields and batons to evict some 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers Monday and send them back to Laos despite strong objections from the U.S. and rights groups who fear they will face persecution. Under tight security, more than 1,000 of the Hmong were loaded onto covered military trucks and driven out of the camp toward buses waiting near the Lao border, Thai authorities said. Journalists kept at a distance from the camp could see many children inside the trucks. With the eviction under way, the United States called for it to stop....
  • Thailand starts deporting Hmong refugees back to Laos

    12/27/2009 5:13:58 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies · 1,024+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Monday, 28 December 2009 | BBC
    Thailand has begun deporting a group of about 4,000 ethnic Hmong back to communist Laos, despite international concerns for their safety. Thai officials said unarmed soldiers began closing a camp for Hmong refugees in northern Phetchabun province. Thailand describes them as economic migrants. The Hmong say they face persecution in Laos because they sided with US forces during the Vietnam war. The UN had urged the Thais to call off plans to deport them.
  • 3-Day Funeral for Pfc. Kham Xiong (St. Paul soldier killed in Fort Hood shootings)

    12/07/2009 11:04:40 AM PST · by Freedom2specul8 · 10 replies · 688+ views ^ | Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009, 2:53 PM CST
    MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - Arrangements have been made for a traditional, three-day Hmong funeral for Pfc. Kham Xiong of St. Paul who was among 13 people killed in the Fort Hood Army Base shootings. The funeral service for Xiong will start at Legacy Funeral Home's Maplewood chapel starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. The service will run through the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 30. Xiong will then be buried with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. "Pfc. Kham Xiong came to America from Thailand as a small child," President Barack Obama said during a memorial service at Fort...
  • Hmong shamans help at Valley hospitals (American hospitals accomodating black magic- Obamacare)

    10/13/2009 1:40:48 AM PDT · by amoktime · 6 replies · 880+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | October 10, 2009 | Barbara Anderson
    Shamans can tie strings around a neck and wrist. A red string around the neck helps in healing, and a white string around a wrist maintains a soul during hospitalization. A shaman, or "txiv neeb" in Hmong, can ask the Mercy hospital staff for permission to do ceremonies that go beyond chanting. An example would be a request to sprinkle water over incisions. According to Mercy's policy, hospital staff are to try to make accommodations. The ceremonies can occur in patient rooms, in the emergency department or in surgery preparation areas. The hospital ceremonies are brief -- 10 to 15...
  • A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul

    09/21/2009 9:03:47 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 772+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Sep 2009 | PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
    The patient in Room 328 had diabetes and hypertension. But when Va Meng Lee, a Hmong shaman, began the healing process by looping a coiled thread around the patient’s wrist, Mr. Lee’s chief concern was summoning the ailing man’s runaway soul. “Doctors are good at disease,” Mr. Lee said as he encircled the patient, Chang Teng Thao, a widower from Laos, in an invisible “protective shield” traced in the air with his finger. “The soul is the shaman’s responsibility.” At Mercy Medical Center in Merced, where roughly four patients a day are Hmong from northern Laos, healing includes more than...

    08/23/2009 2:15:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 81 replies · 3,878+ views
    LAOS - "LAO SOLDIERS DECAPITATE TWO-MONTH-OLD GIRL AHEAD OF SENATOR WEBB'S VISIT Infant used as target practice during military attacks that leave 26 civilians dead." August 20, 2009
  • UN expert to hear testimony on Hmong Graves (MN)

    11/22/2008 7:41:43 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 2 replies · 222+ views ^ | 11/22/08 | AP
    A United Nations human rights expert will travel to the Twin Cities next month to listen to Hmong families upset about the desecration of graves in Thailand. The expert will hear testimony about the unearthing of hundreds of graves where thousands of Hmong refugees once lived. The site is near a Buddhist temple in Thailand. The hearing will be at the University of Minnesota, where the Human Rights Program has taken up a project to study and help resolve the issue.
  • St. Paul funeral home enlists help from Hmong shaman (Evil Spirits?)

    07/31/2008 12:50:39 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 16 replies · 602+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 7/31/08 | Laura Yuen - Staff Reporter
    Hmong elders and cultural advisers were on hand to witness, and even videotape, the ceremony. Xang Vang now runs the Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association in Minneapolis, but he's always had a fondness for Frogtown. It was where he bought his first home in America, and where many other Hmong refugees got a new start in life. "That's why we Hmong dominate Frogtown -- to be Hmongtown," he jokes. The Hmong Funeral HomeAnd the Hmong Funeral Home on Dale Street was the first of its kind for the entire Twin Cities. For a while, it was the only place where...
  • Attorney addresses human trafficking (Hmong Refugees)

    03/10/2008 4:32:24 PM PDT · by vrwc54 · 5 replies · 342+ views
    The Daily Orange, Syracuse University ^ | 03/06/08 | Christopher Sinatra
    First speaker in series focuses on domestic violence among the Chinese Hmong Between 14,000 and 17,500 people are trafficked annually, and an estimated 200,000 American children are at high risk of being part of this modern-day form of slavery, Saejung Lee said while speaking in Eggers Hall Wednesday. Lee, an immigration attorney at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), gave a presentation called the "Intersection of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence," subtitled, "Experiences of Hmong Victims in the Heartland." Approximately 15 graduate students and faculty gathered to hear Lee explain the intricacies and difficulties of dealing with human trafficking...
  • The Two Faces of Communist Laos

    02/29/2008 8:53:13 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 199+ views ^ | February 28, 2008 | Michael Benge
    There are two faces of Laos. One is the eco-tourism guided tour for backpackers with cheap hostels and an abundance of ganja (marijuana), coupled with the more expensive, more modernized Vientiane intent on luring western investors. The second is the insular Laos, behind a bamboo curtain, where the xenophobic, Pathet Lao communists (Lao People's Revolutionary Party), with apparent aid from the Vietnamese communists, are intent on annihilating an ethnic group of people -- the Hmong. During the Vietnam War, the US conducted a “Secret War” in Laos arming the Hmong tribesmen and using them to interdict North Vietnamese soldiers and...
  • Filipino-American General Endorses Clinton

    02/28/2008 5:43:22 PM PST · by pissant · 10 replies · 209+ views
    Asian American Press ^ | 2/28/06 | staff
    Major General Antonio M. Taguba Deputy Chief in this June 30, 2006 photo, as the Keynote Speaker at the Hmong American Veterans of Minnesota - Military Ball in Oakdale, Minn. Photo by Tom LaVenture. NEW YORK (February 25, 2008) – The nation’s second Filipino-American to reach the rank of flag officer, U.S. Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba, this week announced his Endorsement of U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. “Senator Clinton’s unequivocal opposition to the use of torture under any circumstances, and her willingness to take a stand for what she believes in is exactly the sort of...
  • Cottage Grove mansion rescued by refugees(only in America)

    01/06/2008 11:13:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies · 171+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-6-08 | bob shaw
    When he was 11, True Thao was running with the chickens and pigs in his village in Laos. He had never seen a telephone or a flush toilet. He didn't speak English. He had never heard of Minnesota. He certainly didn't know that Cedarhurst Mansion, a 26-room jewel of history, was quietly rotting half a world away in a place called Cottage Grove. But in a bizarre only-in-America story, True Thao and his family became the refugees that rescued the mansion.