SOUTHEAST ASIAN HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES
"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.