Hmong http://kvpr.org en Burlee Vang's 'Polaroids of Tom' On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/burlee-vangs-polaroids-tom-valley-writers-read-0 <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, author&nbsp;Burlee Vang reads his story&nbsp;“Polaroids of Tom.”&nbsp; The story is about the author's younger brother Tom who was born with a fatal deformity.&nbsp; He lived for only a week.&nbsp;&nbsp; And then we learn that when his mother went to get a re-fill for the medicine she'd been taking, she was told&nbsp; it was the wrong medicine.&nbsp; So we're left to wonder if the medicine she'd been taking had anything to do with the baby's demise.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:12:06 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 33968 at http://kvpr.org Burlee Vang's 'Polaroids of Tom' On Valley Writers Read Joel Pickford's "Soul Calling" On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/joel-pickfords-soul-calling-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joel Pickford reads from his book <a href="http://joelpickford.com/g_hmong-project.php">“Soul Calling, a Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora.”</a>&nbsp; The author gives us a great deal of information about the Hmong community of Central California.&nbsp; He tells us about their lives in prison camps after the Vietnam War, and how many escaped to Thailand and then came to America.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=lQEO6mWg10s</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:30:25 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 32741 at http://kvpr.org Joel Pickford's "Soul Calling" On Valley Writers Read Valley Edition Feb. 4: Drought, Hmong Youth And Religion, Thoughts On Trail Preservation http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-feb-4-drought-hmong-youth-and-religion-thoughts-trail-preservation <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the issues of drought, changing culture among Hmong youth, the health of public forests and more.</p><p>Leading the program, Moore speaks with Lois Henry of the Bakersfield Californian and Kerman farmer&nbsp;<a href="http://betancourtunlimited.blogspot.com/">Paul Betancourt</a> about the drought, farmers fallowing fields, well drilling and more.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:05:48 +0000 Joe Moore, Ezra David Romero & Rebecca Plevin 28041 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition Feb. 4: Drought, Hmong Youth And Religion, Thoughts On Trail Preservation Commentary: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick" http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-hmong-girls-feel-pressure-be-thick <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Popular culture and traditional values often differ when it comes to perspective on healthy weight for girls. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28038 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick" "Who Am I?" Hmong Youth Face Choices Between Religion And Culture http://kvpr.org/post/who-am-i-hmong-youth-face-choices-between-religion-and-culture <p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:13:39 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28030 at http://kvpr.org "Who Am I?" Hmong Youth Face Choices Between Religion And Culture Voices Of The Drought: Small Farmer Chia Lee http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-small-farmer-chia-lee <p><em>Starting this week, Valley Public Radio will share an occasional series, called Voices of the Drought. First up, is the story of small farmer Chia Lee.</em></p><p>Back in Laos, Chia Lee grew rice and corn on a mountainside. He never worried about rain there.</p><p>“We’re waiting for the monsoon rain in Laos, once a year, so we don’t worry about anything,” Lee says.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:08:18 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28025 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Small Farmer Chia Lee Fadiman: In 'Spirit,' "The Villain is Cultural Misunderstanding" http://kvpr.org/post/fadiman-spirit-villain-cultural-misunderstanding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When author Anne </span>Fadiman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> first visited Merced in the late </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, she says more than 10,000 Hmong refugees and their children were living there. At that time, about one out of every six people living in Merced was Hmong, she says.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:23:21 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17670 at http://kvpr.org Fadiman: In 'Spirit,' "The Villain is Cultural Misunderstanding" Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club http://kvpr.org/post/valley-public-radio-launches-public-radio-book-club <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we're introducing Homegrown, Valley Public Radio's book club about the Central Valley.</span></p><p>We will read books that shine a light on distinct issues, communities and experiences in the region. We'll air in-depth interviews with authors and panel discussions with local experts about the books. You can listen for the segments on Valley Edition and see online features at KVPR.org.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:55:28 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 16968 at http://kvpr.org Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club Valley's Need For Medical Interpreters Could Increase With Health Law http://kvpr.org/post/valleys-need-medical-interpreters-could-increase-health-law <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Mailu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> translates for a Hmong patient, she can’t just repeat the doctor’s orders, word for word. That’s because the Hmong language often doesn’t contain advanced medical terminology, or names for diseases, like diabetes.</span></p><p>“Hmong language is a very difficult language,” Lor said. “We don’t have any dictionary for medical terminology.”</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:07:15 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14014 at http://kvpr.org Valley's Need For Medical Interpreters Could Increase With Health Law Reedley Farmer Goes 'Farm to School' With Strawberries http://kvpr.org/post/reedley-farmer-goes-farm-school-strawberries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pao </span>Saephan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> crouches down in his sun-drenched field. He cups a red jewel in his hand.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a few more days, his strawberries will be fully ripe. He’ll pick them once they are garnet-colored from stem to tip.</span></p><p>“We want all the strawberries, to be full ripe, full flavor, with 100 percent sugar in them,” says Saephan.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:55:48 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 13009 at http://kvpr.org Reedley Farmer Goes 'Farm to School' With Strawberries Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling' http://kvpr.org/post/photographer-joel-pickford-documents-hmong-refugees-soul-calling <p>Local photographer Joel&nbsp;Pickford's <a href="http://joelpickford.com/g_hmong-project.php">new book</a> "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora" is an intimate look into the world of the Hmong people.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:45:11 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 4163 at http://kvpr.org Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling' On Valley Edition: Chocolate Milk Makeover; Delta Study; Joel Pickford http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-chocolate-milk-makeover-delta-study-joel-pickford <p><strong>Chocolate Milk Gets a Big Makeover</strong><br>Chocolate milk is getting a big remix at schools in Fresno and beyond, as part of a effort to fight childhood obesity. A new formula developed by Producers Dairy for Fresno Unified is getting good reviews from both kids and nutrition experts, thanks to low fat and lower amounts of sugar than before. Nutritionist Sara Bosse also joins us to talk about efforts to improve school breakfast and lunch nutrition, and why 16 percent of kids in Fresno Unified says they've never even tasted traditional milk.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:34:51 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 4159 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Chocolate Milk Makeover; Delta Study; Joel Pickford Hmong writers celebrate with new literary anthology http://kvpr.org/post/hmong-writers-celebrate-new-literary-anthology <p>It was like a coming out party for the newest group of writers to join the literary world. Amid the bright lights of Fresno&rsquo;s Tower Theatre, an event billed as the official launch of the book &ldquo;How Do I Begin&rdquo; was held.</p><p>Fresno writer Mas Masumoto called the publishing of the anthology of poetry and stories written Hmong-Americans in the Central Valley a historic moment. &ldquo;I think tonight is historic because it&rsquo;s a community capturing their voices, and the voices are allowed to be passed down through story, especially in a book form.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 01:39:57 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 706 at http://kvpr.org Hmong writers celebrate with new literary anthology On Valley Edition: California Dream Act; Child Abuse; Hmong Writers http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-california-dream-act-child-abuse-hmong-writers <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the state&#39;s new law, the &quot;California Dream Act&quot; which would allow students who came to the country as children illegally access to financial aid at state colleges and universities. We also hear about the link between the recession and an increase in cases of child abuse. And we close our program with a story on the Hmong American Writers Circle, and a new literary anthology called &quot;How Do I Begin.&quot;</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 01:20:24 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1173 at http://kvpr.org Family History: The General, His Sisters And Me http://kvpr.org/post/family-history-general-his-sisters-and-me As an American teenager, whenever I asked grown-ups about the Vietnam War, few wanted to discuss it. As an adult, it was just as hard to talk about the war. That's why I never told friends and neighbors about my family's history.<p>You see, the Vietnam War took place in my family's backyard. My family lived in northeastern Laos, in Nong Het, right on the border with Vietnam. When the CIA needed an ally, they found a charismatic, passionate young man not afraid to die.<p>That man was my great-uncle, the late Gen. Sat, 28 May 2011 02:57:25 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 152 at http://kvpr.org Family History: The General, His Sisters And Me