PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Txerthoj Vang, Kia Thao, and daughter Hlee at Beinvenai Refugee Camp, Thailand.

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Description Txerthoj Vang, Kia Thao, and daughter Hlee at Beinvenai Refugee Camp, Thailand.

Year Range from 1980
Film Size 35 mm
Year range to 1980
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 22670
Notes Group photograph of Txerthoj Vang, Kia Thao, and daughter Hlee at Beinvenai Refugee Camp, Thailand. Txerthoj Vang was born in Hatai, Laos on September 15, 1956, of Hmong ancestory. His mother's name is Mai Xiong. During the Vietnam War, his brother and Uncle fought for the CIA against the Communist. Txerthoj became a soldier in 1969 at the age of thirteen. In 1978 he escaped from Laos to Thailand and was a refugee with his family at Beinvenai Refuggee Camp. He worked at the American Embessy in Bangkok. In 1979 he married Kia Thao. The couple had three children born there: daughter Hlee (1980) and sons Chan (1981) and Yengleng (circa 1983). In 1987 they immigrated to the United States and settled in Oshkosh, WI. The couple had two more children, born in Oshkosh: daughter Qhnoqou (1991) and son Tehajlij (1993). Txerthoj has worked for the Hmong, Laos Association and since 1997 has been a biligual Teaching Assistant for the Oshkosh Public Schools. He has returned to Laos three times to vist his family members. From the oral history interview with Txerthoj:

T: Number two is my pictures, my wife and my daughter.

J: Your oldest child.

T: My first kid. We took in 1980 in refugee camp in Ban Vinai, Pakchom, and Loei province, Thailand.

J: And that is all written on the back of the photograph.

T: And that's written there. So you can see the how old the picture is. We are still a little skinny because at that time we were young. And right now it's a little different.

J: Now you tell me that you and your wife married in this…

T: Yeah. In this camp.

J: Is that where you met her?

T: Yeah. No. I knew her from the other country, Laos. But you know we escaped and were very lucky that I came before and my wife came after. And we met again in Thailand.

J: So you hadn't planned to go to Thailand together.

T: No. We just don't know you go. And I don't know when I go. And this, we had no hope in that time. We should say, maybe we might not meet each other again.

J: No hope.

T: No hope. But we finally lucky that we can meet again in Thailand. So we planned to marry there in 1979 And this is, there's a little gate there. That's the youth center.

J: At the camp.

T: Yeah, at the camp.
Object ID P2003.52.2
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Vang, Txerthoj
Thao, Kia
Vang, Hlee
Place Beinvenai Refugee Camp, Thailand
Print size 3 1/2" x 4"
Subjects Group photographs
Mothers & children
Hmong
Laosians
Refugee camps
Refugees
Families
Title Txerthoj Vang, Kia Thao, and daughter Hlee at Beinvenai Refugee Camp, Thailand.
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