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1992: Mai Vang, supporting her family as an entrepreneur

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Original broadcast date: April 6, 1992

MPR News reporter Kate Smith talks to Mai Vang, a woman who is working to support her parents and siblings in Rosemount, Minn.

She built a small business as a farmer, selling seasonal vegetables, which provided a college education for four of her brothers and sisters. 

Hmong in Minnesota

The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong people's arrival in Minnesota. At that time, the number of Hmong could be counted in the dozens.

Now the Twin Cities metro area is home to 64,000 Hmong people, making it the largest urban population of Hmong in the country. This story is one of many, culled from the MPR News radio archives, as we look back at the history of the Hmong people, both in Southeast Asia and Minnesota.