Minnesota Historical Society M-Flame Logo



Add Comment
add comment
Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project: Interview with Mai V. Thao
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mai Vang Thao is the mother of Bo Thao and the daughter of Mao Thao Yang. She was born Mai Vang forty-eight years ago in Luang Phrabang, Laos. She married when she was twenty years old and has five children. She and her husband immigrated to the U.S. twenty years ago. She is of the Stripe Hmong clan and practices traditional spiritual beliefs. For various reasons, she received very little schooling. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Biographical information and religious affiliation. Childhood-school attendance, duties at home, community service, skills taught, social activities as a child, aspirations as a child. Hmong women's roles-decision making inside and outside of home and clan, women in leadership roles and how they are seen in the community, what women do to support their families, family planning, when women feel respected or disrespected. The war and living in refugee camps-memories of fleeing Laos, of refugee camps, difference in treatment of men and women in the camps. Adjustments since coming to the U.S.-skills needed to adjust, learning English, skills from Laos and Thailand that are adaptable or useable in the U.S., citizenship, leadership roles for women in the U.S. versus Laos, public contributions by Hmong women. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: The interview was predominantly conducted in Hmong. The Hmong transcript and an English translation are bound together for this interview.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
73 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:31:07 running time
Creation Narrator: Thao, Mai Vang
Interviewer: Thao, Bo
Subjects Hmong (Asian people)
Dates Creation: 11/01/1999
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 86
Accession Number AV2001.103.2
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project'