Hmong Town Festival held in St. Paul, MN on the weekend of June 25, 2016

SUAB HMONG NEWS (06/27/2016) – Hmong Town Festival held in St. Paul, Minnesota from June 25 to 26, 2016.
CLICK HERE to watch Suab Hmong News (Pao Lee Vang) coverage of the 2016 Hmong Town Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Toua Xiong, owner of Hmong Town, said the purpose of the festival is to continue the legacy on who the Hmong is.
“The purpose of this festival is to continue to show other communities on who we the Hmong is.  Our older generation are passing away and we wanted to continue the legacy to tell other communities that we can do what other communities can do too” said Toua Xiong.
Leepao Xiong, Executive Director for Hmong Studies, said it is about time to have a festival like this.  It has been more than 40 years since we came to the United States.
“The buildings and the area now is Hmong town used to be a place sell woods and it has been shut down for a very long time.   Toua took the buildings and the area and make it Hmong Town Market place and now it has over 200 mini stores inside, they employ more than 700 people and generate about $40 million a year, and Toua pay tax about $150,000 per year so we Hmong need to become the owner and a part of this town” said Leepao Xiong.
The Hmong Town Festival open with a parade and filled with food vendors, mini stores, and out door entertainment.
Toua Xiong said the festival will continue next year forward.