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Lisa Lee Herrick On Evolution of Fresno's Hmong New Year And Hmong Identity

Lisa Lee Herrick
Lisa Lee Herrick and her mother in their Merced apartment, 1986

Lisa Lee Herrick reads from her recent essay Eating Thirty In Fresno: Finding Home At Hmong New Year  in the online publication Boom California and talks with FM89’s news director Alice Daniel about why so many Hmong refugees came to Fresno after the CIA’s secret war in Laos under the guidance of their leader General Vang Pao and why decades later, the city’s Hmong New Year is still a global draw.

Boom California is an online journal published by the University of California Press designed to inspire conversations about social and cultural issues. It’s now housed at Fresno State. Herrick’s article is part of a new and ongoing series of essays about the Central Valley.


Alice Daniel was News Director for KVPR from 2019-2022. Daniel has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and more than 25 years of experience as a print and radio journalist.
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