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Hmong community is celebrated with month-long exhibit at La Crosse Public Library



Hmong culture and history are being celebrated at the La Crosse Public Library over the next month. 

The Hmong Diaspora exhibit officially opened on Sunday at the library.  Organizer Yia Vue says the story of how the Hmong came from Asia to Wisconsin is explored by this project.

La Crosse Library visitors view Hmong clothing on display

“We started with a history back in the old country, and then we brought it to the present here in La Crosse, and we highlighted a lot of history of the Hmong in La Crosse as well,” she says.

Much of the library exhibit involves books by Asian authors, but there are also displays of Hmong art and clothing.

Hmong headware is part of the Diaspora exhibit, on display through February 28th

Vue says the exhibit on textiles describes “why certain materials were used, what was going on in history at that time.”

The Hmong people have been part of the La Crosse area for more than 40 years, since refugees from Laos began arriving in 1980.

After the current exhibit ends in late February, the library will maintain a permanent collection of Hmong-related books, according to library staffer Barry McKnight, “the beginnings of a collection that is by Hmong authors, with fiction, non-fiction, and also other materials that are of particular interest to the Hmong community.”

The library will offer guided tours of the exhibit on two Sundays, January 29th and February 19th.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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