on the left is a Hmong family on the right is a white background with text overlay of Hmong Pioneers in large letters. Smaller writing says Honoring the First Wave and SPNN documentary

In 1975, at the tumultuous close of the Vietnam War, the Hmong people in Lao fled their homes, livelihoods, and culture, and began to arrive in the U.S. as refugees. Since that time, Saint Paul has become the largest home of Hmong Americans; Hmong Pioneers is their story.

SPNN Thanks the countless individuals who courageously shared their stories and experiences with us. And, the regional institutions that help us connect, learn, and explore the Hmong experience in Minnesota. 

We also thank the Voqal Fund, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the F.R. Bigelow Foundation for their generous support of this important project.