May Kao Xiong is a Hmong woman who migrated to Illinois, USA, when she was three years old and was sponsored by a Catholic Church. In this oral history, she talks about the challenges she faced in the U.S. as a first generation individual as well as the importance of the Hmong community to her. She went to school at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and then moved onto a graduate program at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and started working for higher education at the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin. Currently, she is studying as a Ph.D. student at the University of California,Read More →

Sheng Xiong (she/hers) is a first generation Hmong American born and raised in Merced, California. As the daughter of Hmong refugees who fled the American war in Vietnam, Sheng reflects on her identity and living in California’s Central Valley. She describes her favorite childhood memories (which included the Donut Man) and what it is like for a person of color to navigate white society. She explains how these factors have led her to a career in environmental and housing justice. Interview conducted by Julianne Woo.Read More →