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Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project: Interview with Maykeu V. Lyfoung
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Maykeu V. Lyfoung is the mother of Pacyinz Lyfoung. Born into the Vang clan, Maykeu is forty-nine years old. She has five children-two boys and three girls, and has completed two years of college. She has been married since she was seventeen and lives with her husband in Fresno, California. She was born in Xieng Khouang province, Laos, emigrated first to France and then came to the U.S. fifteen years ago. She is a White Hmong. 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.
1 hour sound cassette
15 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
00:28:41 running time
Interviewee: Lyfoung, Maykeu Vang
Interviewer: Lyfoung, Pacyinz
Made in: Fresno, Fresno County, California, United States
Hmong Americans -- Minnesota.
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 86 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.103.14 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Hmong Women's Action Team Oral History Project'