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Looking back at 40 years of Hmong migration to U.S.

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Song Vang talks with customer Nancy Yang at her Hmongtown Marketplace booth in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, July 25, 2014.
Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong 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.

We look back at the history of the Hmong people, both in Southeast Asia and Minnesota.

Learn more about Hmong in Minnesota:

• Hmong vendors learn the law on legal drug sales (MPR News) 

• Appetites: Hmong influence strong in Minnesota farmers markets (MPR News) 

• Numbers improving for Hmong in U.S., Twin Cities, census finds (Pioneer Press)