A 1991 meeting on racist comments toward Hmong women

Women's Motivational Workshop: Racist Comment/Actions Toward Hmong, July 25, 1991


Hmong refugees began settling in La Crosse in the late 1970s, numbering over 2500 by the late 1980s. Hmong refugees faced many challenges adjusting to American culture, particularly racist and prejudicial attitudes. Many state and community organizations sought to educate Wisconsinites on Hmong culture and Hmong on American culture. These unattributed meeting minutes were found in the papers of Assemblyman John Medinger of La Crosse who served from 1977 to 1992. At this meeting, in July of 1991, nineteen Hmong women shared stories about their racial interactions with other members of the community. These racist comments and actions are not unique to La Crosse and are representative of the experiences of many Hmong refugees. WARNING: This document contains strong language and material that could offend sensitive readers.


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Pub Data: In John D. Medinger Papers. La Crosse Area Research Center. (La Crosse Mss CN, Box 6, folder 16)
Citation: "Women's Motivational Workshop: Racist Comment/Actions Toward Hmong, July 25, 1991." In John D. Medinger Papers. La Crosse Area Research Center. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1322; Visited on: 10/23/2014
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