MINNEAPOLIS (December 4, 2014) — Hmong elders and staff at Park Elder Center in Minneapolis will help to unveil their Immigrant Stories – short videos about their migration experiences on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m., at Park Elder Center, 1505 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis.
The videos feature the translated stories of six Hmong refugees who immigrated to the United States between 1976 and 2003, following the end of war in Vietnam and its aftermath. The stories are part of the Immigrant Stories project at the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota, which documents and archives the stories of recent immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.
The elders featured in the videos are participants in Hmong Day Elders, an adult day program that provides culturally appropriate services for Hmong seniors, at risk of nursing home placement. One of the stories is from Manichan Xiong, about how she helped to rescue an American pilot who was shot down and the tragic repercussions that followed, leading to her migration to the U.S.
“This archive will be a valuable link between this generation and the next, to preserve these valuable stories in this chapter in U.S. history for students, researchers and the general public,” said Bee Vue, Park Elder Center Service Director.
Immigrant Stories works with immigrants and refugees across the Twin Cities to create brief multimedia videos about their experiences and preserves them in the IHRC Archives. The stories will also be publicly-accessible online through the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.
The videos were created as part of a collaboration between the IHRC, Volunteers of America of Minnesota and Wisconsin, which operates Park Elder Center; and Hennepin County Public Library.
About the Immigration History Research Center and Immigrant Stories
Founded in 1965, the Immigration History Research Center and Archives share a mission to promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the U.S. and the world; develop archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences, especially in the U.S.; and support public programming and outreach efforts that connect U.S. immigration history research to contemporary issues and communities. The Archive is the largest repository of immigrant and refugee life in North America. Immigrant Stories, which began in 2013, is the IHRC’s latest effort to digitally document the histories of contemporary migrants in the U.S. For more information about the IHRC, visit www.ihrc.umn.edu. For more on Immigrant Stories, see z.umn.edu/immigrantstories.
Immigrant Stories is made possible through the generous funding of the Digital Public Library of America Digital Hubs Pilot, which is supported by the Digital Public Library of America with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more infromation contact Saengmany Ratsabout, Program Coordinator, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, at 612-625-4800 or [email protected].