How Chef Yia Vang is putting his own twist on Hmong cuisine

Yia Vang
In the mid-1970s, thousands of indigenous Hmong people started coming to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War. Many settled in Minnesota, which is now home to the second largest Hmong community in the U.S. Yia Vang, 33, knows this history in a very personal way. He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and moved to the U.S. when he was five years old. Vang wants to tell stories about the Hmong experience through his cooking. But being a culinary emissary can get tricky. I reported this story for PRI’s The World. (Photo credit: Nancy Rosenbaum)

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