"All of the difficulties that the Hmong face and experience in the U.S. are due to the fact that there is no formal teaching about the Hmong to the general public," said Za Blong Vang, president of the Hmong Community of Wisconsin.He
spoke in Hmong
but provided an English translation of his
The plan would require school boards to come up with programs to teach about the Hmong
in history classes, including their role in the Vietnam War and why they have immigrated to the U.S.It would be up to school officials to determine how extensive the education would be.
Wisconsin, Minnesota and California are home to the largest populations of Hmong
, an ethnic minority from Southeast Asia.Many Hmong, including Za Blong Vang
, fought alongside the U.S. in a so-called secret war against communists in Laos during the Vietnam War and later fled to avoid government persecution.Lawmakers said 50,000 Hmong live in Wisconsin.
The body of Cha Vang was found Jan. 6 in a wildlife refuge near Green Bay and a white hunter was charged last week in the death.Vang
is a common last name for Hmong
and the homicide victim is not related to Za Blong Vang
Two years ago, a Hmong deer hunter shot six white hunters to death after being accused of trespassing in the Wisconsin woods.He
said the whites shouted racial epithets at him and opened fire first.He
is serving life sentences.