2015 year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong arrival in Minnesota. Take a tour through the MPR archives to look back at the story of Hmong resettlement in the state.
December 29, 1979 - In 1979, MPR News reporter Greg Barron accompanied a team of medical doctors and nurses from Minnesota as they worked in Cambodian refugee camps along Thailand's border with Kampuchea, the Khmer Rouge-controlled state that controlled Cambodia from 1975 until 1979.
January 7, 1980 - MPR’s Tom Meersman reports on Laotian refugees arriving in Minnesota. Meersman highlights struggles and adjustments the refugees face.
April 29, 1983 - MPR’s Jim Ragsdale reports on ten Hmong men selected for a farm training project with the hope that they would settle with their families on a plot of farmland near Homer, MN.
June 3, 1989 - MPR’s Mark Heistad reports on Hmong farmers in the Twin Cities area. Farming is a natural transition for Hmong immigrants settling in Minnesota. It is also an important factor towards independance and bonding of family.
June 22, 1991 - MPR’s Chris Roberts profiles local Hmong pop-rock group Asian Invasion. Roberts interviews members of the band, who describe their varied influences and cultural subject matter in songs.
November 27, 1992 - MPR’s Chris Roberts reports on the annual Hmong New Year’s celebration held in St. Paul. Roberts interviews participants and describes some of the customs on display.
August 2, 1995 - MPR’s John Rabe visits the St. Paul Farmers Market and talks with Hmong farmers about their background, experiences, and strategies for farming in Minnesota.
October 18, 1996 - MPR’s Lorna Benson profiles Pua Xiong, a first-year resident who works at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. Xiong describes how her quest for a medical degree has forced her to confront a multitude of cultural barriers.
January 22, 1997 - Minnesota health care workers are trying to deal with a cultural curveball. A growing number of their patients are not familiar with western medicine, western customs or the English language. Most of these patients are refugees from third-world countries such as Laos or Somalia. Their arrival has forced doctors and nurses to rely on translators, clan members and spiritual leaders for medical information. As Minnesota Public Radio's Lorna Benson reports, the founders of a new Center for Cross-Cultural Health are hoping to minimize these medical anxieties by better preparing health care workers.
March 24, 1997 - Hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol today (Monday) on behalf of a bill that would restore the cuts in benefits to legal immigrants in the new federal welfare reform law. The "The Fairness to Immigrants Act" is authored by Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone and has the support of Minnesota's Democratic congressmen Vento, Sabo and Oberstar. Minnesota Public Radio's Karen-Louise Boothe reports from the capitol: sfx of the rally The rally drew HUNDREDS of mostly southeast Asian immigrants. They filled the floor of the Capitol Rotunda...and encircled it from above where many leaned over a railing to watch the event from the second floor. Every