Meet the Hmong, a people who heroically served the United States -- but became refugees as a result. Displaced from their homes in Laos in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, where many Hmong fought the North Vietnamese or provided the U.S. with intelligence information, approximately 260,00 Hmong now live in the United States.
Today, the Hmong community in the United States is centered primarily in Fresno and Sacramento, California, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; and Wassau, Wisconsin. Though relatively small in number, the Hmong offer an outsize cultural richness, which can be explored at festivals, museums and cultural centers.
Fantastic festivals to experience Hmong culture:
Hmong American museums and cultural centers:
Hmong embroidery, fabrics and handwork are renowned for their delicate beauty and for the stories they tell.