Posts Tagged ‘Hmong’

Pajau Vangay

Scientist Pajau Vangay used to make ‘pretty code.’ Now, she studies guts.

As a Hmong woman pursuing a doctorate in applied science, Pajau Vangay is an outlier. She hasn’t had mentors in the sciences who look like her. “It has sort of been like that my whole life,” she said. “I was going [down] this path that not a lot of Hmong went. And I was OK with it because I had to be.”

Yia Vang

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

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.