Mayjoua Joyce Vang, Hmong first woman to study abroad


by Richard Wanglue

Mayjoua Joyce Vang was the first Hmong woman to receive a scholarship from the Lao Government to study abroad following her graduation from Lycee of Vientiane, Laos.  

She has an A.A. Sociology degree and a Certificate 2 of Ethnology from University of Bordeaux, France, equivalent to BA of Ethnology here in the United States.  She is currently retired and live in Orange County, California.

Ms. Vang is in the process of editing and publishing her late father, Phagna Tougeu Lyfoung’s memoires, a Hmong Leader in Laos covering period 1920 to 2004.{sidebar id=1}

Click here to watch Suab Hmong News exclusive interviewed Mayjoua Joyce Vang during the 1st Hmong Women’s Conference in St. Paul, MN. 

“I am the first daughter of Pha-gna Tougeu and I am the daughter in-law of General Vang Pao’s older brother” said Joyce Vang.

At the 1st Hmong Women’s Conference, Joyce Vang  said that she would like to see Hmong women become strong and happy.