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Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project

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Description This oral history project chronicles the contributions and experiences of Hmong women with ties to Minnesota. Members of the Hmong Women’s Action Team, a group of Hmong women community leaders and activists, interviewed each other and their mothers and grandmothers, and in one case her daughter. They share their stories of life in Minnesota, Thailand, and Laos. Three generations from six different families are represented in this series of eighteen interviews. The interviews help provide a greater understanding of Hmong women’s roles in the home and community, challenges and successes in public and private realms, and across time and space. The elder women’s experiences included maintaining home and family while their husbands fought alongside American soldiers in the Vietnam War. They fled their farms and villages and crossed the Mekong River into Thailand where they lived in refugee camps before resettling in the United States. The experiences of the oldest members of the community are vastly different from those who came here as children and those who were born in this country. Today, Hmong women work as teachers, lawyers, and decision makers in their respective positions - opportunities not available to them in their homeland. The youngest never experienced war or resettlement and are unfamiliar with the privations of their elders.
Quantity 1 project
23 hour sound cassette
806 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer and narrator: Hang, May Yang
Interviewer and narrator: Hang, MayKao
Narrator: Lee, See
Narrator: Lyfoung, Maykeu Vang
Interviewer and narrator: Lyfoung, Pacyinz
Interviewer and narrator: Moua, Mai Neng, Editor
Narrator: Moua, Yer
Interviewer: Thao, Bo
Narrator: Thao, Mai Vang
Narrator: Thao, Sia Yang
Narrator: Vang, Bao
Narrator: Vang, Mao Song Lyfoung
Narrator: Vang, Nhia
Narrator: Xiong, Ong Vang
Interviewer: Yang, Khias
Interviewer: Yang, Kim
Narrator: Yang, Mao Thao
Narrator: Yang, Sua Vu
Narrator: Yang, You Vang
Subjects Hmong (Asian people)
Dates Creation: 11/01/1999 - 01/27/2000

Holding Type Oral History - Project
ID Number OH 86
Accession Number AV2001.103
More Info MHS Library Catalog
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