Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project: Interview with Bo Thao

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Titles Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project: Interview with Bo Thao
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bo Thao is the daughter of Mai Vang Thao and the granddaughter of Mao Thao Yang. She was born in Luang Phrabang, Laos in 1974. She is a Stripe Hmong. Her family immigrated to the United States in December 1979. She has a bachelor's degree in family social science. At the time of the interview, she worked for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and was working on her master's degree. 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, cultural clashes. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: The interview was conducted predominantly in Hmong. The Hmong transcript and an English translation are bound together for this interview.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
32 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:47:02 running time
Creation Interviewee: Thao, Bo
Interviewer: Hang, MayKao
Subjects Hmong Americans -- Minnesota.
Dates Creation: 01/17/2000
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 86 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.103.1 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project'


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