Hmong Archives

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Hmong Archives
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
January 2021
End Date
July 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Legacy of Hmong Immigrants: Wat Tham Krabok Project will encourage communications and understanding between generations and across cultures, specifically the legacy and experiences of the last wave of Hmong refugees, the Wat Tham Krabok immigrants. We hope that this new project will encourage communications and understanding between Hmong generations and across cultures; especially the project encompass the experiences of a minority within a minority.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Asneth Omare (Brooklyn Park, MN). Asneth is a Kenyan Immigrant who works in the non-profit and social service fields working on public health initiatives.

Al Lun (Rochester, MN) is a Chinese immigrant, former IT professional for IBM and currently is a board member of the Diversity Council and YMCA in Rochester.

Kieran Myles Andres Tverbakk (Minneapolis, MN) is a first-generation Mexican-Norwegian-American artist focused on visibility of BIPOC queer and trans individuals as well as creating space for Chicanx queerness.


Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We have had 1400 visitors to our Facebook site (30K reviewed our poster in the HER and Hmong American Experience website), but don't know how many have searched the Hmong Archives website. We are writing an article for Hmong Times and will create posters for our website and Facebook once the book is printed, as well as printed copies for the East Side Freedom Library desk and distribution. On this budget, we will be able to print about 150 copies of our 300-page book with many full color photos.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Recipient Board Members
Song N. Vaj, Dr. Brian Xiong, Marlin Heise, Kou Xiong, Long Khang
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hmong Archives
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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