Hmong women sold their embroidery in refugee camps for $1 apiece. The culture they documented is beyond value

One of Brian Xiong’s few memories of the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand involves watching his mother, Porche Yang, sew paj ntaub, the “flowery cloth” of traditional Hmong embroidery work. His mother would sell each one for a dollar apiece.

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“If we don’t preserve and collect materials of Hmong culture that we have, we will lose the identity of who we are.” - Dr. Brian Xiong