Hmong patriotism featured in video series



Manichan Xiong married for patriotism. Her courage and the heroism of five other Hmong immigrants from our Hmong DayElders service is chronicled in a video series, unveiled recently at Park ElderCenter, 1505 Park Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The StarTribune reported on the collaborative project, featuring remarks from Park ElderCenter Service Director Bee Vue.  Click here to read Manichan’s story, where she helped save the life of a downed U.S. pilot in Laos, during the war in Vietnam. Her act also influenced her choice of a husband, Col. Song Leng Xiong, a prominent Hmong Army officer (pictured with Manichan) who assisted the U.S. during the war. Another video shown in the series is about Bee himself, and the calming influence of his flute, as he made his way to safety and service in the U.S. in 1987.  

You can see all the Immigrant Stories at the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center site.