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‘My heart will always be Hmong’


American Family employee Ladda Young reflects on her heritage and Hmong American Day. 

Sometimes it can be a struggle to identify as both Hmong and American. My parents and four of my siblings were born at the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand, but my three other siblings and I were born in the United States. 

I can’t help but compartmentalize what being Hmong American means. It’s a struggle I and so many Hmong individuals share — being stuck between two identities, two cultures.

But even as I say that, I recognize that my heart will always be Hmong. The first people I talked to, my first words, my favorite foods, where I find comfort, are all Hmong.

When I think about my two identities and focus on the reason behind Hmong American Day, I feel nothing but admiration for my people.

To read the rest of Ladda's story, see the ideas sharing site Medium.


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