We Are Hmong Minnesota: SPOKESPERSON BIOS

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
​Wameng Moua, Hmong Today, 651-491-5946, hmong40@gmail.com

We Are Hmong Minnesota: SPOKESPERSON BIOS

“We Are Hmong Minnesota,” March 7-Jan. 3, 2016, at the Minnesota History Center.

The exhibit “We Are Hmong Minnesota” is being developed by members of the Hmong community in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.

Noah Vang, exhibit developer, “We Are Hmong Minnesota”
Noah Vang is an independent researcher who specializes in the oral history of the Hmong-American experience. He has published a 410-page book titled “Major General Vang Pao: An Illustration of His Remarkable Life.” Vang was born in Laos and migrated to the United States from the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand in 1989. In 2004, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Journalism and Mass Communications, he settled in St. Paul.

Brian Horrigan, exhibit developer, “We Are Hmong Minnesota”
Brian Horrigan is an exhibit developer for the Minnesota Historical Society. In this role he has researched, developed, and implemented exhibits and interpretive trail projects at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and at state historic sites. Horrigan’s most recent exhibits include “The 1968 Exhibit” and “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.” Prior to MNHS, Horrigan worked with the U.S. Information Agency on official U.S. cultural exchange exhibits for the USSR and Eastern European countries. He also curated the “Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

Lee Pao Xiong, advisor, “We Are Hmong Minnesota”
Lee Pao Xiong is the founding director of the Center for Hmong Studies and professor of American Government/Political Science and Hmong Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul. Throughout his career, Xiong has served as the Director of Housing Policy and Development for the City of Minneapolis, President and CEO of The Urban Coalition, Executive Director of the State Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Hmong American Partnership and the Hmong Youth Association of Minnesota. Xiong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and has recently completed coursework for a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University.

Wameng Moua, advisor, “We Are Hmong Minnesota”
Wameng Moua is the publisher of “Hmong Today,” a community newspaper entering its second decade of publication. He is also the voice behind HMONG-FM, a radio variety show focused on the Hmong community, spoken entirely in English and broadcast weekly on KFAI 90.3FM. As a journalist and photographer, Wameng has first-hand knowledge of Hmong assimilation and growth in Minnesota. Wameng Moua migrated to Minnesota in 1981 where he entered the fourth grade at Phalen Lake Elementary in St. Paul and finished his education at Macalester College.