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What best describes your opinion of public and private assistance provided to Hmong refugees arriving in Wisconsin?

Refugees should be entitled to same level of public assistance as unemployed residents receive.
Refugees need a higher level of public assistance to start life in Wisconsin.
The private sector, not government, should provide necessary assistance.
Government should assist school districts with funding to accommodate refugee students with learning needs.
Government should fund literacy and job training classes so refugees can enter the work force as quickly as possible.
No opinion

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Starting Anew, Part II
Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers Special Report

Thousands of Hmong refugees are arriving in Wisconsin from a refugee camp in Thailand to start a new life in a new world. For them, it is a journey of hope and in many cases a journey of survival. A team of three journalists from Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers spent two weeks at the Wat Tham Krabok refugee camp in late June and early July to report on that journey. The second part of the Special Report, "Starting Anew," chronicles the life and culture they leave behind as well as the apprehension and fear many feel as they leave Thailand. An archive of the daily reports and photos from Wat Tham Krabok can be found on this site as well as reporting from individual Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers.
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A video of Post-Crescent photographer Sharon Cekada's photographs from a trip to a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand
Living in limbo Like thousands of other Hmong, Chong Lor Vang has had an extraordinary life during the past three decades.

Life outside camp risky for Hmong-Lao refugees Chiang Rai is a vision of paradise.

Wife of slain CIA fighter fears retribution Each day, Mos Moua struggles to stay ahead of those who took her husband’s life.

As refugees leave, former soldiers fear for their lives
Grim surroundings fail to dim children’s spirit
Technology filters into lives of refugees
Mental health issues plague Hmong refugees
Lung illnesses are rampant in village
Camp site a haven for legends of Hmong
Refugees carry lessons of hardships, survival
Young refugees eager for new start in America
Resettlement rips apart refugee families
Hundreds at camp not on resettlement list
State’s Hmong exercise little political muscle
No free ride for refugees
Schools learn their own lessons from Hmong
Taxpayers question Hmong aid funding
Hmong newcomers aim to repeat success of predecessors
Thue Chang, 4, at his home in Wat Tham Krabok. He and his family are relocating to Appleton as part of a refugee resettlement program. Gannett Wisconsin Newspaper photo by Sharon Cekada

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Special Report: Starting Anew

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To receive a reprint of the 16-page special section "Living in Limbo: The Hmong migration to Wisconsin," you can:
Call The Post-Crescent at 920-993-1000, ext. 276
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Background Information
Plight of the Hmong
Culture at a crossroad
About the Hmong
Hmong History
Community Coverage
Appleton Post-Crescent
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Fond du Lac Reporter
Oshkosh Northwestern
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
Marshfield News Herald
Sheboygan Press
Stevens Point Journal
Wausau Daily Herald
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

View a PDF detailing the Hmong's migration to the United States

More Hmong information

History of Hmong
Photo Galleries
Hmong language
Immigration timeline
Local aid agencies
Fox Cities Hmong Refugee Resettlement Fund
Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association
Lutheran Social Services refugee services
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Immigrant Integration program

Hmong Cultural Center
Hmong National Development Inc.
Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center
WWW Hmong Homepage


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