Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project: Interview with Mao T. Yang

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Titles Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project: Interview with Mao T. Yang
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mao Thao Yang is the mother of Mai Vang Thao and the grandmother of Bo Thao. She is fifty-two years old, married and has three children, two are living. In Laos, she lived in the village of Tha Cho (Thaj Chauv) and her mother was of the Lee clan. She is of the group of Hmong that lived in Xieng Khouang. Her family was poor and she didn't have an opportunity to attend school. 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 conducted predominantly in Hmong. The Hmong transcript and an English translation are bound together for this interview.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
40 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:48:27 running time
Creation Interviewee: Yang, Mao Thao
Interviewer: Thao, Bo
Subjects Hmong Americans -- Minnesota.
Dates Creation: 11/01/1999
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 86 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.103.3 (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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