THE 150,000 HMONG PEOPLE living in the United States traveled thousands of difficult miles to get here. Many settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, giving it the largest urban Hmong population in the world. Today these Hmong are wrestling with issues of culture and identity, with maintaining ties to the past and seeking to thrive in modern urban America.
Part One: Hard Work
Ly Xiong Pao
A clan leader and shaman, Pao was one of many CIA-trained soliders during the "secret" war in Laos.
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Lee lived in refugee camps for 14 years. But that was after she ran for her life when the war ended in 1975.
May Pa Xenexai
Xenexai found the self-sufficiency she was looking for through business and social services.
As a Hmong boy discovering his new country, Chang faced both fear and excitement.
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