SUAB HMONG NEWS (10/04/2021) – The Hmong Diaspora Celebrating 45 Years Banquet held at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin on October 2, 2021.
Many attendees included former Governor James Dolye, Susan Levy, former Wisconsin State Refugee Coordinator, and many other Wisconsin elected officials included Yee Leng Xiong as well many Hmong businesses and individuals in Wisconsin attended the banquet.
The banquet hosted by the Hmong Institute, Inc. located in Madison, Wisconsin.
“The year 2020, marks the 45th year of the Hmong Diaspora in which the Hmong fled Laos as a result of being allies of the United States. After the United States withdrew its troop and Laos fell to communist the new government launched a campaign to “wipe out” the Hmong. It was no longer safe for Hmong to stay in Laos. May 14, 1975 marks the day when thousands of Hmong started to flee Laos on foot, hiding in the jungle, and crossing the Mekong River into Thailand as political refugees. Many of them were fortunate enough to come to America. Forty-five years later the Hmong have some to call Wisconsin their new home. However, many Wisconsinites do not know who the Hmong are, what role they played in the war, and why they are in WI. Mostly they do not know the rich heritage, culture, and history of a people with a 5000-year-old culture which causes a lot of racial tension.
The Hmong Institute, Inc. hosts this historic banquet to reflect, celebrate 45 years of Hmong Diaspora experiences, and honor Hmong Veterans and Parents who made great scarifies 45 years ago, a long overdue recognition for our Hmong Veterans.”
Awards and recognition awarded to six individuals:
Distinguished Humanitarian Award awarded to Susan G. Levy, former WI State Refugee Coordinator. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUlO3QrLBQM&t=25s
Outstanding Leadership Award awarded to James D. Doyle, former Governor of Wisconsin. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fC-54O-PKk
Leadership Impact Award awarded to Roberta Gassman, former DWD Secretary. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3b6nbDr8js&t=9s
Champion Award awarded to Thai Vue, former President and Director of WUCMMA. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7woo62pfOUU&t=589s
Community Building Award awarded to Xia Vue Yang, former President of WUCMMA. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQdX6WOZE5A
Honoring wording and gifts presented to Hmong Veterans.
Suab Hmong News carried the LIVE Streaming of the banquet throughout the night for Hmong watch virtually from the USA and around the world due to the pandemic.
Below are the links to the programs:
Opening remarks by May Yer Thao and Mai Zong Vue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9MonjzuaDo&t=196s
Speech by Mayor City of Madison and CEO of Hmong Institute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w50u3F9N8kw&t=4s
Keynote speaker speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnbzQVXHuEg&t=100s
Hmong Cultural performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN3EBtl3nQg&t=54s
Honoring Hmong Veterans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNpwUwo8ztE&t=12s
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