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Asians in Greater Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Chanmany Sysengchanh
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Chanmany Sysengchanh was born in 1983 in a refugee camp in Napo, Thailand. His parents were refugees from Laos. At the time of the interview he was working for Saint Cloud University as part of a pre-college program for minorities. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life and family; coming to Minnesota as an infant; his parents silence about their struggles in Laos and Thailand; living in a large Lao community in south Minneapolis from an early age; going to school, and not speaking English; excelling at school; struggling to identify as Lao or American; working for Saint Cloud State University and the importance of higher education; helping kids get into college; being a positive Asian role model in the school environment; his writing and poetry; being the first in his family to graduate high school; how tempting it was to sell drugs or steal; thinking college was out of his reach; Asians clubs and support groups; his influence on a younger generation of Lao kids; his hope for more Lao civil engagement in the community; being happy that he ended up in Minnesota.
Quantity 1 hour compact disc
50 pages transcripts
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:55:31 running time
Creation Narrator: Sysengchanh, Chanmany
Interviewer: Vongsay, Saymoukda
Made in Saint Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/29/2012
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 144
Accession Number AV2012.5.10
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Asians in Greater Minnesota Oral History Project'