"The Asian-American Experiences: Sharing My Hmong-American Refugee Story First-Hand."

In this presentation, Dr. Yang will provide some demographics on Asian-American populations living in the United States, its diversity and complexity, as well as focusing his major topic on the Hmong-American Refugee Experience after the Vietnam War. He will share his family story and his first-hand experiences about escaping from prosecution, living in the jungle of Laos, to crossing the Mekong River from Laos to Thailand, life in the refugee camp, and his settlement in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

His eye-witness and first-hand experience of the tragedies, triumphs, and struggles of the war and his assimilation and acculturation to the American society. This is a powerful story of hardships and struggles to chase the American Dream! Dr. Yang also will add some implications and strategies for working with Southeast Asian/Hmong-American students in higher education. Lastly, Dr. Yang is a proud alumni where he received both of his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UW-Whitewater.

Life of a Refugee: Results of the Secret War in Laos

Mrs. Mai Yer Yang

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
3:30-4:30pm  UC 275A 

The Southeast Asian Immigrant Experience

Dr. Phillip Yang

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Location: TBD

The Historical Waves of Asian Immigration to the United States


Dr. Victor Jew

Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Location: TBD