I Am Hmong...Patrick Henry High School Records The Contributions of the Hmong Culture in America
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Sophia Thao '09

We've asked our students to share their culture with our Patrick Henry School community in hopes that we (both Hmong and non-Hmong) can better understand the beauty and strength of the Hmong culture in America.

What is life like for one young Hmong woman in North Minneapolis? We begin with a poem, I Am Hmong, by Melissa Vang ('07).

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Patrick Henry Forges Close Relationship with Hmong Teen Magazine
Friday, January 02, 2009 11:20 AM
Nhia Lee '08 graduated in June, but still wants his Patriots to read issues of Hmong Teen including:

Hmong Teen Magazine Winter Issue

Hmong Teen Magazine Fall Issue

Hmong Teen Magazine Summer Issue.  

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Amy Vang '08 Studies the White and Green Dialects of the Hmong Language
Friday, August 22, 2008 3:35 PM
We asked Amy Vang '08 to break down the differences and similarities between the White and Green dialects of the Hmong language.  Click here to see her PowerPoint presentation (must have '07 PowerPoint).  If you don't have PowerPoint you may view this Adobe version.

Click here to listen to Becky Thao's version of Empathy, in Green Hmong.

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Ms. Kao Kalia Yang, Author of the Latehomecomer and Her Special Relationship to Patrick Henry High School
Friday, August 22, 2008 3:30 PM
Patrick Henry was honored to welcome Ms. Kao Kalia Yang (read bio here) on July 31st, 2008 to present to Ms. Xiong's Book Club study of Ms. Yang's epic work, The Latehomecomer. See pictures of that event here. 
 
 
Ms Yang is a writer from the Hmong community.  She writes from Saint Paul, Minnesota where she resides with her family (See pictures of her appearance with Patrick Henry Asian Club members at their annual May banquet here). 
 
There is a buzz amongst students at Patrick Henry about The Latehomecomer.  At least one staff person (Murray) has called it, One of the best books I've ever read, and Ms Yang's Web sites are just as enchanting as the book.  We're ordering several copies of The Latehomecomer for Summer Session.
 
Kao Kalia holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University in the City of New York. 
 
Author of the first full length nonfiction book written by a Hmong writer, "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," released by Minneapolis-based Coffee House Press. 2008.
 
Together, my father and my mother and I planted treasures for me to find in the world.  In the wamth of their hold, I saw how the sky was open for everyone.  My life has been a series of stops on the way to finding.  The sky captivates me.  I stop to look.  I like how the light from cars streak the wet pavement in the early dark of a rainy morning.  I am swept by the lyric ideas of love.  I am caught in the demands of daily life.  Then:  I see a spark of something on the horizon, an emotion grows inside of me, and the idea of an eruption surfaces on my consciousness, scares me, and then I set to writing.
 
For me, writing is desperate and it is fraught with passion.  Passion that makes my fingers shake because its moving faster than my mind, tangled in heart, and caught in everyone else I adore.  I do not dance, but I believe I know how some people are free in dance when I am covered in words and bathing in the currents of meaning.  There is a tune playing in my bones and my muscles.  The molecules of air around me make room, and my world expands in ways that I only realize after the act is done.
 
I love what I am doing in the world.  I am working to enable magic in our lives.  This is honorable to me and although it is and can never be perfect, there are moments when I feel its warmth and its danger and I am singed by its possibility.  Then:  I live so I can do more of what I love.
 
 
Ms. Yang's absolute MUST SEE Web sites:
 
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On Their Shoulders Students pay Tribute to Those Who Have Helped Them Be Successful
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 9:50 AM
 The very first On Their Shoulders segment was developed by Kor Thao '10 who wanted to honor his uncle who helped him when he was growing up in the relocation camp in Thailand.  His uncle taught him to be a good person by spending time with him and talking to him.  His uncle also gave him advice including how important it was to avoid the gangs that existed in the camp.

Kor plans to graduate from Patrick Henry and get a job, and then give young people the same advice that his uncle gave him.
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Asian Club Thanks All Who Participated in December 22, 2006 Ki Tes Blessing Ceremony
Thursday, January 04, 2007 10:30 AM
The Asian Club thanks all who attended our second annual Hmong New Year and Ki Tes Ceremony.  We honored all of our Hmong New Americans and their teacher, Ms. Young, as well as Mr. Compton and Mr. Murray. Click here to see pictures from this event.
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Melissa Vang '07, Student Council Co-President is KARE 11 Academic All Star
Thursday, January 04, 2007 10:25 AM
When Mr. Lee's Art class learned that Melissa Vang was selected as a KARE 11 Academic All Star the classroom broke into loud applause.  Read the story and see the video of why Melissa Vang '07 is such a beloved student by her peers and the staff at Patrick Henry.
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Patriots Lead Farview to City Soccer Championship
Thursday, January 04, 2007 10:20 AM
The Farview soccer team clinched the Minneapolis Parks Soccer League 14u division in October after defeating Lynnhurst 5-2, completing an undefeated regular season.  All but one of the Farview players came to the United States in the past two years from the Wat Tham Krabok  refugee camp in ThailandOur Patrick Henry reps are bolded. Farview Players, back row, left to right: Chou Thao, Vong Chai Xiong, Vang Xiong,  Bee Yang, Xeng Yang, Yia Vang, Nou Kou Yang, Shoua Yang.  Front row: Nhia Moua, Chen Long Thao,  Cha Seng Yang.  Farview Coach Blong Yang.

Peter Vang '07 interviewed goalie, Chen Long Thao for his opinions on soccer and life at Patrick Henry. 

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Meet PHHS Art Teacher Mr. Seexeng Lee Through His Art
Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:15 AM
Mr. Lee learned to draw on the dirt floor of a refugee camp in Thailand.  From that humble start he has was honored with a solo art show at Concordia College beginning on May 19th through June 1st, 2006.   If you missed the show you can discover the beauty and the rich Hmong cultural heritage Mr. Lee captures in  a virtual tour of the art show.  You can also meet Mr. Lee's many friends and family. 
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Asian Club Views, Landmark Play: Hmong! The CIA's Secret Army.
Thursday, April 06, 2006 4:50 PM
What contributions did the Hmong people make in their effort to assist the United States in the Vietnam War?  As a result, what sacrifices did they make during and after the War?  On Thursday, March 23rd, The Asian Club visited the Mounds Theatre in St. Paul to see, Hmong! The CIA's Secret Army.  Good theatre changes lives.  Teachers and students wept at this performance as they recognized similarities between the drama on the stage and the real life drama that they have experience in their families.  Many commented on the parallels to our American experience in Iraq and Vietnam.  Click here to see pictures from the trip. 
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Asian Press Reports on Khi Tes Ceremony
Monday, January 09, 2006 11:35 AM
What is a Khi Tes ceremony and why did our Hmong community honor a non Hmong person, Principal Gary KociembaI?  If you didn't make the Khi Tes ceremony on December 16th, 2005 you can begin to get answers to these questions in about this historic event here, courtest of the Asian Press.
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Dr. Kociemba and Wife Thankful for Rare Khi Tes Honor on December 16th 2005
Monday, January 09, 2006 11:05 AM
I want to thank everyone in the Asian Club and the entire Hmong community who welcomed my wife and I at the Khi Tes ceremony on Friday night.  This was a celebration that I will always treasure. It was a great way to celebrate our many achievements for the past year and prepare for the New Year.  We will always remember the countless sacrifices that the Hmong have made for America and the many contributions that the Hmong continue to make which allows our country to be strong and free.  Click here to view rituals, artifacts, and key the key celebrants of our Khi Tes and Hmong New Year Celebrations:

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Hmong Womens' Circle: Network of Support
Friday, January 06, 2006 7:10 PM
Good friends, good food, good times and good grades.  Check it out in the Hmong Womens Circle.
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Patrick Henry High School Asian Club
Friday, October 21, 2005 1:40 PM
What do you think about the Patick Henry culture?  The President of the Asian Club invites you to join the Asian Club to make an impact on that culture.  Visit the Asian Club Web site for activities that reflect the vibrant Asian scene at Patrick Henry and raise the spirits of all students and activities at Patrick Henry.  ALL are welcome!
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Homecoming at Patrick Henry, October 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005 11:35 AM
How do the Asian and Hmong students contribute to the Homecoming spirit at the Patrick Henry Homecoming?   Discover for yourself in the pages of the Asian American Press.
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Xiong Vang ('05) Interviews a Shaman
Friday, July 22, 2005 12:35 PM
Compare and contrast a shaman to a medical doctor.  Everything that you ever wanted to know about Shamanism, as told through a shaman.  Click here to begin the learning experience through a video.  Click here to learn more through a Powerpoint presentation.
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Leng Thao ('05) Presents Music, Art, History and Comedy
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 3:00 PM
Music videos:   talent show recital

Art Gallery: Bruce Lee Drawing, Bruce Lee Color (Photoshop), Jet Li

Chuckles: Hit the Watermellon

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Jou (Joey) Ying Vang Explains His Award Winning Drawing, Merely A Puppet
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:25 AM
Jou Ying Vang ('05) breaks down the symbolism of his drawing here (click here). 
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Pang Vang ('05) Reviews Some of the Best Videos She's Ever Seen.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 10:35 AM
Pang Vang loves these videos because her parents raised the money to produce these videos, directed them and now sell them here in Minnesota.  Here are the main links:

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Dang Vang ('05) Tells the Story of a Hmong Soldier (His Father) Who Fought With and For the United States
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 9:55 AM
See and here the story of the heroics of one Hmong soldier here.
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Fue Lee ('05) Invites You To a Hmong Wedding
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 9:45 AM
You're invited to a Hmong wedding.  Click here to see this work.
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Youa Moua Artwork Finishes Third Place in U of M Diversity Artwork Contest
Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:30 AM
Youa Moua received third place in the University art competition of April 2005 for her artwork, Facing Reality.  She received an art kit from Dick Blick and a check for $50. Her artwork is now professionally framed and on permanent display in the College of Education and Human Development building on the University of Minnesota campus..
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