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2010-08-18 03:03:27

Most cancers are easier to treat if detected early, so cancer educators emphasize the benefits of screening and prompt treatment. But for immigrants and other "medically underserved communities," simply handing out a brochure on early detection "” even if it's been translated into the appropriate language "” may not work. "Medical interventions fail if the intervention does not match the community's level of readiness to address the issue," says Tracy Schroepfer, an assistant...

2009-06-17 21:55:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A U.S. Congressional letter to Secretary of State Clinton regarding the Lao-Hmong refugee crisis in Thailand and Laos was sent today by 31 Members of Congress, as more cosigned the letter prior to transmittal.   "First, we ask you to directly urge the Prime Minister of Thailand and senior Thai military officials to halt the forced repatriation of the Hmong at Huay Nam Khao ... there are currently about 5,000 Hmong refugees... who claim to...

2008-12-27 15:52:00

FRESNO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of Hmong-Americans from California and across the United States will gather in Fresno for special ceremonies on December 27 at the Hmong and Lao veterans monument at Fresno County Courthouse Park and the Hmong New Year at Fresno Fairgrounds. The ceremonies will honor author and human rights activist Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt and commemorate the 15th anniversary of the publication of her book Tragic Mountains: The...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Trisha Collopy, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 3--Tou Saiko Lee isn't the kind of emcee who spits rhymes like nails, hunched over the mic like he's holding off an attack. No, he wants you to hear what he has to say. Onstage with his band, Post-Nomadic Syndrome, in June, he bounces on his heels, plays air drums with the mic, makes eye contact with the crowd. His lyrics, when he starts rapping over the guitar melody, loop and soar into the hazy blue sky behind the Minnesota...

2008-06-27 06:02:08

By Long, Lisa A For many Americans, Southeast Asia and its inhabitants- particularly the Vietnamese and transnational ethnic groups such as the Hmong-become visible only through the lens of the Vietnam War. At the same time, contemporary Vietnamese tend to see that war as only one of the many imperialist conflicts in which they have been engaged for the past millennium.1 And the Hmong, with traditional roots in agriculture and no national ties to speak of, hold an even longer view, seeing...

2007-12-30 21:00:19

By Vanessa Colon, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Dec. 30--Dr. Fenglaly Lee grew up as a refugee in Fresno living on welfare and harvesting Asian vegetables on the weekends. Now, she is delivering babies as the first female Hmong OB/GYN doctor in the central San Joaquin Valley and possibly the state. Her arrival provides the Valley's large population of Hmong women with a physician who understands Hmong customs and can explain why it sometimes is necessary to set customs aside for the...

2007-08-09 15:02:43

By Farin MontaNez, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Aug. 9--Fresno Unified's school board adopted a new curriculum Wednesday night in an effort to teach children more about southeast Asian heritage. The "Hmong Voices" curriculum will be taught to all children in grades 2 through 11 beginning this school year. The curriculum will include a "Remembering the Hmong" booklet about Hmong history and culture and the role of the Hmong people in the Vietnam War. Also included is a documentary series on...

2005-11-08 19:15:49

By Eileen Nimm HAYWARD, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A Hmong immigrant convicted of killing six hunters was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. "These were six horrific crimes," Sawyer County Judge Norman Yackel told the same courtroom where a jury found Chia Soua Vang, 37, guilty in September. Vang opened fire last November after being confronted by deer hunters who threatened him for trespassing on private land near Rice Lake in Wisconsin's North...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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