Hmong Museum along with the Special Guerrilla Unit Veterans and Families of USA, Inc. (SGUFV) presents:
Unforgotten: An Intergenerational Project with Hmong Veterans
“This experience has changed my perception in many ways.”
-BAO MOUA, participant
Like most refugee and immigrant communities, the Hmong American community continues to experience generational gaps. Often times, Hmong youth may not understand how their parents’ or grandparents’ stories are relevant to their lives. While Hmong elders feel that the young are not listening, making them feel invisible and disrespected.
Hmong Museum and the Special Guerrilla Unit Veteransboth recognize these challenge. Therefore, the “Unforgotten” project was designed to pair students and young professionals with Hmong Veterans from the Special Guerrilla Unit, to document their untold war stories. Over the course of the 2018, Hlee Lee, a local filmmaker, taught participants the art of film making in order to bring the Vet’s stories to life.
Why should you attend?
> View and hear first-hand from Hmong Special Guerrilla Unit Veterans about their experiences. Engage on a topic in history that is rarely discussed so personally.
> Learn from the film makers about the impact of this project on their lives.
> Gain ideas on how to start documenting your own family stories and how Hmong Museum can help preserve them for generations to come.
Xiongpao "Xp" Lee
Xiongpao “Xp” Lee was born in Nong Khai refugee camp in Thailand, grew up in Fresno, California. He received his bachelor’s from the University of South Carolina Upstate, and now calls the Twin Cities, MN, home. Xp is a renaissance man with many talents and many stories to share about community, country, family, growing up American-Hmong, and life and love’s many wonderful paths.
Xp currently is the Community Liaison for the City of Brooklyn Park, MN, and also a co-owner of Owl Creative Solutions, a local marketing and promotions agency. He’s a lead organizer for the Hmong American Census Network which is working towards a complete and accurate count of the Hmong community not only in Minnesota, but around the country.
Katie Ka Vang
Katie Ka Vang is a Hmong American playwright, actor, performance and theatre artist. She envisions her work to activate individuals and communities to tell their own truths. Her work lives on the intersection of community, arts, and healing. She has been described as a “dynamic performer and relentless writer of truth.”
She has performed for Annicha Arts, Pangea World Theater, Theatre Mu, Pillsbury House Theatre, Exposed Brick Theatre, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, The Walker Art Center.
Her commissioned performances and plays include wtf, Hmong Bollywood, 5:1 Meaning of Freedom; 6:2 Use of Sharpening (as a Naked Stages Fellow), Youth In Session (CHAT’s Creative Drama Youth class), and Myth of Xee (CHAT’s Creative Drama Youth class).
She holds a masters in fine arts degree from Brown University in Writing for Performance.
Yeng Her is a graduate of Brandeis University with his BA in Studio Arts and Education. He has been awarded with many including:
– The Marcia Bloch Epstein ‘55 Memorial Prize in Education, for demonstrating a commitment to social justice through teaching.
– The Robert B. Serman ‘67 Memorial Prize for his strong commitment to enhancing social diversity and cooperation to promote social welfare through political thought and activism.
– The Susan Mae Green Aware for exhibiting excellence in photography
Yeng is a Fulbright Alumnus and was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistance Grant to Thailand.
Currently, he is part of the Community Partnerships Team at College Possible; an artist; an educator, son, brother and uncle.