by Richard Wanglue Vang
St. Paul, MN — ChuePheng Lee, President of the Lao Family Community in Minnesota, said that he was satisfied with the turnout of spectators at the 32nd Annual Hmong Freedom Celebration that was held on June 30th through July 1st, 2012.
One of ChuePheng Lee’s goals after the event ended was to have a meeting with the Lao Family Social Services, and consolidate the events into one big event for next year. “I believe that if we listen to one another and put down our differences, we can work together to have one event… I want to see one united Hmong community and not two…” said ChuePheng Lee.
Click here to watch Suab Hmong News interviewed ChuePheng Lee, President of Lao Family Community of Minnesota.
Col. Neng Shao Xiong, was the keynote speaker at the event with many distinguish guests including: Mayor Christopher B. Coleman, Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and a varied level of Hmong leaders from the Hmong community that included Hmong representatives from Australia, France, and Thailand.
A Hmong soccer team from France competed in the soccer tournament this year and won first place.
There were a total of 29 soccer teams from all over the states including 8 soccer teams with players age 40 years old and older.
Nhia Ty Vang, Event Chair, said that he was very satisfied with the turnout of the spectators and all the events’ programs. “I am very happy to see many Hmong and even those who are not Hmong come to the event…” said Nhia Ty Vang.
Ms. Kasia Lee won the crown title of the 2012 LFC Miss Hmong Teen. 10 Hmong teen contestants, ages 14 to 17 competed in the 2012 LFC Miss Hmong Teen.
Security was tight on the second day at the entry gates due to some fighting that did occur on the first day. “I know you are from Suab Hmong Broadcasting but I need to see your Driver’s License,” said one of the Hmong security staff at the gate.
All Suab Hmong Broadcasting’s staff had to go through security check to show three IDs, Lao Family Media ID provided to Suab Hmong Broadcasting by Lao Family Community, Suab Hmong official Media ID, and Suab Hmong Staff personal Driver’s License.