SUAB HMONG NEWS (06/13/2016) – A tall baby bamboo statue built at Minnesota Capitol grounds to remember how Hmong and Lao came to America unveiled on June 11, 2016.
CLICK HERE to watch Suab Hmong News coverage of the statue unveiled at Minnesota Capitol grounds. Reporter by Paolee Vang.
Senator Foung Hawj said the statue represented a Hmong historical at Minnesota Capitol grounds for many Hmong generations in the future to visit and to learn where Hmong came from.
“The statue has four levels. When I first saw it, I was sad and I got tear but after I saw each level, I was happier. The reason for my sad was the first level shows the good life of our Hmong people. Everyone lived happy and love one another. The second level shows Hmong facing war. The third level shows Hmong facing tortured, killed, and captured. The four level shows Hmong life in America; we have freedom to raise our hands up and we became educators and we have lawyers, doctors, and school bus pick up our children to school” said Senator Foung Hawj.
Many distinguish guests participated the unveiled of the statue included Christopher Coleman (Mayor City of St. Paul), Tina Smith (LT. Governor of Minnesota), Amy Klobuchar (US Senator Minnesota), John Lesch (Minnesota State Representative), Wachong Vang (One of the son of General Vang Pao) and many more.
A Hmong delegation from France attended the unveiled of the statue.
“We have a similar statue in France to remember the period of French involved in the war in Laos also” said Joua Cher Thao, Delegation from France.
The statue is located at the Capitol of Minnesota grounds. It is open to the public and anyone can visit it at any time.