A longtime AAOP volunteer, Houa is focusing on disability justice within the Hmong community, and plans to further conversations and build power with disabled Hmong people. She aims to destigmatize being disabled within the Hmong community, to ensure that there would be more resources for those with disabilities to access.
“I’m really excited to finally produce something that is finally adult disabled centric. Finally, there is a place for adults who are disabled, who are Hmong, to get out and talk and really express themselves without barriers or limitations.”
Vang Xor Xiong
A recent high school graduate, Vangxor is currently hoping to focus his energy on art and in methods of self-care.
His summer work aims to create a series of mental health workshops that would allow participants to develop self-care methods in order to re-energize and rehabilitate.
“The ultimate goal is to destigmatize mental illness,” he said. “And enable the community to talk openly about mental illness.”
Chue Lor – Youth Coordinator
This summer, he is teaching six youths about API history, social movements and gender justice. he is also researching about queer Hmong liberation. He is currently working on a research grant alongside his role as a Youth Coordinator where he reads up on Hmong Cosmology, queer theory, and death. Chue is excited to work with AAOP and the larger Asian American community in the Twin Cities.
Cindy, a rising sophomore at Trinity College, is new to activism and community engagement, but she’s excited to learn and develop her voice as a leader this summer.
“I want to take back what I learn to my school,” she says, referring to a liberal college in San Antonio, Texas. “I want to just develop my skills as a leader and find my voice, develop more, and take it back to Texas and see what I can do.”