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She was just days old when her family came to the United States in 1976. They were part of the first wave of Hmong refugees to come to the United States. Now, the family has lived here far longer than they lived in Laos. Pakou fits in quite well in her community. She recently ran for a seat on the St. Paul city council, but challenges still remain as an immigrant living in America.

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