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MPR: 10 Things to Know about Hmong Americans

Hmong AmericanLike Vietnamese Americans, Hmong have been in America for almost 40 years (Photo by Drlegendre from Wikipedia)  

After the Vietnam War, many Hmong were persecuted by Communist forces and many fled Laos to refugee camps in Thailand.  Many Hmong migrated to the United States.


The Minnesota History Center will be hosting an exhibit called “We are Hmong Minnesota” to celebrate the existence of the largest urban Hmong community in the United States.  The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the surrounding metropolitan area are home to about 66,000 Hmong Americans.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the Hmong in the United States.


  1. How do you pronounce Hmong?
  2. How did so many Hmong end up in Minnesota?
  3. Where are other Hmong population centers in the United States?
  4. Are all Hmong people from Laos?
  5. Why does everyone have the same last name?
  6. What’s the difference between white Hmong & green Hmong?
  7. Why don’t Hmong words sound anything like the way they are spelled?
  8. Why do funerals last so long?
  9. What are common Hmong foods?
  10. What are some good books to read about Hmong?


For the answers to all these questions, read MPR.


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