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Episode 24 – Lifelong Connections: The Sisterhood of Hmong Women

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    Episode 24 – Lifelong Connections: The Sisterhood of Hmong Women
    First Generation - One of Many

Unspoken and Unbreakable Bonds – The Sisterhood of Hmong Women

The Hmong community has a rich past, is vibrant today, and is creating an exciting future. Whether you know a little or a lot about the Hmong people, this episode is for you. Join us on episode 24 to hear four powerfully moving Hmong women share some of their experiences and hopes for the Hmong community.

Our Guests

Elizabeth Lo 

Elizabeth Lo is 20 years old and currently in her 4th year at CSU, Chico majoring in Art Studio with a focus of Digital Illustration. She hopes to use her art as a voice to tell stories of her heritage and culture as well as the adversity she faces as a Hmong American Woman. 

Andrea Thao 

Andrea Thoj is going into her 5th year here at Chico State. She is currently majoring in Public Health with a minor in Health and Wellness. And three of her favorite things are food, beaches, and hiking! 

Alvina Vue

Alvina is an Academic Advisor and Admissions specialist who works closely with EOP transfer students and she’s been at Chico State a little more than a year. She was born and raised in Sacramento. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Berkeley and her master’s in counseling (specializing in career counseling) from Sacramento State. She is deeply passionate about working with first-generation students, and loves helping students to achieve their goals.   

Yer Thao

Yer Thao is the Supplemental Instruction Coordinator in the Student Learning Center. She calls herself a “hard-core” wildcat for she earned both her BA in Liberal Studies and her MA in Public Administration from Chico State. Born in Laos and raised in the Butte County area, Yer is proud of her Hmong-American, bilingual, low-income and first-generation background. Yer’s personal background and experience ignites her passion for student advocacy, student support and student success.  

Resources & Recommendations:

Stop AAPI Hate (website)

Anti-Asian Violence Resources  

Pa Vue – On Becoming Educated (a great podcast for those who want to know about the educational experience of a Hmong woman (from a 1st generation, low-income background) as she navigates her PHD years. 

The Late Homecomer by Kao Kalia Yang, is a great book to read to better understand the Hmong refugee experience from the perspective of someone who went through the experience herself 

The Hmong Studies Journal is a unique and established peer-reviewed Internet-based academic publication devoted to the scholarly discussion of Hmong history, Hmong culture, Hmong people, and other facets of the Hmong experience in the U.S., Asia and around the world. 

Mai Der Vang Poetry (You Tube Video)

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