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A Full-Bodied Narrative that Cultivates Empathy Like No Other

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Tom Nissley | Off the Shelf In my bookstore, when I pull The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman off the shelf for a prospective ...

Seeking Real Solutions and Welcoming Refugees

Doua Thor | Posted 12.31.2016 | Impact
Doua Thor

The United States has a proud history of welcoming refugees into this country. Ever since World War II, our country has offered refuge to displaced persons and those fleeing persecution from all over the world.

Thailand Journal: Southeast Asia's Switzerland

Francis Levy | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

When you consider the history of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, you wonder, what happened with Thailand? The Thais never were part of French Ind...

Diversity in Action: Minneapolis Elects Its First Hmong, Somali and Hispanic City Council Members

William O. Beeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

It is hard not to feel good about these elections. Though they are local, they demonstrate how important the American democratic process is to communities recently arrived in the United States.

Hey Radiolab, Don't Let People's Experiences Get in the Way of Your Reporting

Tanya Jo Miller | Posted 12.28.2012 | Media
Tanya Jo Miller

Note to Radiolab: Experts are great, but set a place at the table for ordinary folk too.

McDonald's Ad Gets Lost In Translation

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home

We imagine McDonald's started out with the best of intentions -- or at least the desire to sell its products -- when it began advertising in Hmong on ...

Thousands of Vietnam POWs Fight for Health Insurance

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Scout, Ph.D.

For the last two years, Mr. Khao has contacted every legislator he can, asking for official recognition and veteran's benefits for these thousands of U.S. citizens who were soldiers for the CIA's secret war in Laos. So far nothing has come to pass.

Former CIA Director William Colby Subject of New Documentary

Michael Rose | Posted 12.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

The Man Nobody Knew chronicles the life of the filmmaker's father, CIA Director William Colby, whose testimony to the Senate panel prompted numerous reforms in the agency.

Weekly Diaspora: 100 Years After Triangle Fire, Immigrant Workers Still Fighting for Labor Rights

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Last week marked the centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, in which 146 most...

As Leader Dies, Hmong Culture Continues to Flourish

Julia Plevin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Julia Plevin

General Vang Pao, the CIA-supported Hmong leader, died on January 6, 2011, at the age of 81 in California's central valley. His influence spans as far and wide as the Hmong's global diaspora.

When "Terrorism" Becomes Farce: How the DOJ Blew a Case, Ripped Off Taxpayers, and Violated National Security Policy

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Warner

The more information that has emerged in USA vs. Harrison U. Jack et. al., a preemptive arrest terrorism case in Sacramento, California, the more it looks as though the prosecution should be on trial instead of the defendants.

Peace at Last? No thanks to the State Department ...

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roger Warner

A tentative deal between the Laotian government, anti-government guerrillas, and expatriated Lao refugees could finally bring an end to a little-known conflict that grew out of the Vietnam War.

UWisconsin Establishes Hmong Studies Department

The Daily Cardinal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

UW-Madison hired Ian Baird last week to become a part of UW-Madison's Geography Department as its first Hmong Studies professor. According to a relea...

Abandoning the Hmong Again?

Paul Hillmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Hillmer

Unless Laos invites observers in to confirm or refute the claims that former resistance leaders have been imprisoned and tortured, most Hmong will believe that the US and Thailand have once again abandoned their former allies, with devastating results.

Hospital’s New Policy Welcomes Role of Hmong Shamans

New York Times | PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

At Mercy Medical Center in Merced, where roughly four patients a day are Hmong from northern Laos, healing includes more than IV drips, syringes and b...

The Underperformers: How Key U.S. Officials Have Shaped a Tribal Crisis

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roger Warner

As it turns out, underperformance and doublespeak are par for the course among U.S. officials involved in the three-nation Hmong crisis.

The C.I.A.'s tribe in danger

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Warner

By visiting these "jungle" Hmong, by speaking with them directly, Lair had confirmed that there was an inner core of legitimate refugees whom the U.S. government should help.

The Weirdest Terrorism Court Case in America

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Warner

The real tragedy is that, whatever happens or doesn't happen with this misguided federal court case, some innocent tribal people are being killed.

On Gran Torino and Christ Eastwood

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Once again, Big White Dude saves the Little Yellow Dude -- unable to protect himself or his family, of course -- and gets to be the hero.

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino: Who Knew He Could Act? Like John Wayne in True Grit, it May Lead to an Oscar

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

John Wayne found True Grit towards the end of his career and now Clint Eastwood has done the same with an unforgettable performance in Gran Torino.