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Chia Youyee Vang is a leading advocate for Hmong cultural preservation and education.
Vang, a Hmong American, immigrated to Minnesota from Laos at the age of nine, as part of a refugee resettlement program after the Vietnam War. She grew up in St. Paul and received her bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1994. She earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota in 1996, and a Ph.D. in American studies in 2006. That same year, she began teaching Hmong history and U.S.-Asia relations at the UW-Milwaukee, where she went on to establish a certificate program in Hmong diaspora studies.
In 2008, Vang published a book titled HMONG IN MINNESOTA, which includes the history of, and her own experiences among, the Minnesota Hmong community. In 2010 she published another book, HMONG AMERICA: RECONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY IN DIASPORA, which is highly regarded as a resource on Hmong experiences across the U.S. Vang has served as a board member for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and as president of the Hmong American Peace Academy’s board of directors.
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“Chia Youyee Vang.” University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee History Department. http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/history/faculty/vang.cfm.
“UWM’s Chia Youyee Vang receives UW-System Award.” Today at UWM. http://www5.uwm.edu/news/2014/09/02/uwms-chia-youyee-vang-receives-uw-system-award/#.VOkHsaKyxLk.
Vang, Chia Youyee. HMONG AMERICA: RECONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY IN DIASPORA. University of Illinois Press. 2010.