At the Hmong Wausau Festival Angela Fitzgerald catches up with the chairman of the festival Yee Leng Xiong to find out all there is to do, and eat, at the festival.
The story of Xai and Sia is a Hmong folk tale of a young woman’s journey to the netherworld to save her husband and bring him back to life. Bao Xiong, author and founder of Moth House Press, expands on this traditional tale in her new book “Folklore”, where she imagines the story behind Sia’s — the wife’s — courage.
Eau Claire resident Tifanie Moua grew up speaking Hmong with her family. But as she got older, she started to lose some of her vocabulary and found herself struggling to remember words she didn’t use frequently.
Like many festivities, Hmong New Year celebrations were put on hold in the first year of the pandemic. Some gatherings returned this last year, including a New Year celebration at Sheboygan North High School on November 27, 2021.
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WHYsconsin recently received a listener question wondering, “What is the third most commonly spoken language in Wisconsin after English and Spanish.” The answer: Hmong. WPR’s Mary Kate McCoy looks into why.
For many years, academic achievement for Hmong students in the Madison area seemed fine. But many parents were doubtful about the data. In assessing students, the Madison School District included Hmong kids in the broader Asian category.
In the back of the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in La Crosse, there’s a blacksmith shop where people can learn an historic craft. It’s here that master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang teaches apprentice Kong Mong Yang how to melt metal, pound it out into hot, glowing orange strips, and create traditional knives.
Wausau’s Maa Vue tours the country with her fellow Hmong musicians performing rock, rap and pop to appreciative audiences of young Hmong people who make up a growing fan base. “We do stick to the Western style (of music), but we use the Hmong language” Maa explains.
This weekend, Milwaukee’s Hmong community will host a New Year Celebration. Pang Xiong came to Wausau from Thailand with her family as a refugee when she was two years old. When she was a senior in high school, Pang became Miss Hmong Wisconsin and runner-up for Miss Hmong International.
Katie Thao endured a dramatic childhood escape to Laos and later took part in a traditional Hmong arranged marriage. Years later, she has become a leader in Wisconsin’s Hmong community and is leading what some would consider a modern life, as a working mother and using a public radio platform to be a voice in her cultural community.