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Photo of Pao LorDr. Pao Lor


Professor Pao Lor holds the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, where he also chairs the Professional Program in Education. He has been writing about the Hmong American experience for many years.

For our discussion this month, we will be reading two chapters from Pao Lor's newly published memoir, Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival.

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Recommended Further Reading & Resources from Pao

Pao stated, "To retain the integrity of the story, I relied on my memories and only used common knowledge about the Hmong American experience from my research to provide context when needed. To help the readers, there are a few YouTube videos that provide excellent insights into what refugee camp life was like in Thailand--these are the two refugee camps I covered in the book." 

Ban Vinai Closing Down

Video documenting the final departures from Ban Vinai camp in 1992 before it closed, including family and friends saying goodbye as the buses depart and the very last families waiting until the very end.



Lao Refugee Camp ສູນອົພຍົບລາວປີ 1979



Erica Hagen at Ban Vinai Refugee Camp (updated)