KaYing Yang

KaYing Yang

President at RedGreen Riverrs, LLC

RedGreen Riverrs, LLC

General Information


Executive Director - Southeast Asian Resource Action Center Laotian

Project Officer - International Finance Corporation

Cultural Orientation Officer - International Organization for Migration

Executive Director - SEARAC-led CHARGE coalition

Executive Director - Women's Association of Hmong & Lao , Inc.


BA - Sociology , University of Colorado at Boulder


Founding Member of the Minnesota and Washington, DC Chapters - National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Founding Member of the Minnesota and Washington, DC Chapters - Laotian American National Alliance Inc

Founding Member of the Minnesota and Washington, DC Chapters - Hmong Women's Educational Association of Colorado

Board Member - Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee

Vice Chair - National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

Board Member - Refugees International

Board Member - USCRI

Board Member - National Immigration Forum

Founding Member - Minnesota and Washington , D.C. National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders Fellow At the Center for Social Innovation - Stanford University School of Business

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SEARAC Staff & Consultants

KaYing Yang, who served as Executive Director of SEARAC between 1997 and 2003, was also formerly the Executive Director of the Women's Association of Hmong and Lao (WAHL) of St. Paul, Minnesota, a mutual assistance association.
A community activist and advocate, Ms. Yang participates in the activities of many civil rights organizations whose mission is to increase the visibility of Asian Pacific American communities locally and nationally. In 1998, Ms. Yang was featured by the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper as one of ninety-nine people to watch in 1999. She was also named one of the 500 most influential Asian Americans by Avenue Asia magazine in 1995. Ms. Yang has traveled extensively in the United States and Southeast Asia to speak about the Hmong American experience and diaspora, as well as to learn about the globalization of refugees and the internally displaced people. She and her family came to Columbus, Ohio in July of 1976, as refugees from Laos. Ms. Yang now works for the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in the resettlement of the Hmong refugees at Wat Thamkrabok, in Thailand.

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KaYing Yang was born in Long Cheng, Laos, which was the headquarters of the CIA-backed Special Guerrilla Unit led by General Vang Pao. KaYing lived between Long Cheng and Vientiane until 1975 when the Pathet Lao took over and her family had to flee. KaYing was five at that time. She and her family lived for about a year in a refugee camp in Thailand and then came to the United States in 1976. As KaYing reached college age, she became a social activist and after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she became a refugee advocate. She was director of SEARAC (Southsast Asia Resource Action Center) for nearly six years before beginning her work for the Office for International Migration teaching Cultural Orientation at the refugee settlement at Wat Tham Krabok. Currently KaYing and her husband, Tu, are living in Vientiane, Laos.

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Ms.KaYing Yang, executive director of SEARAC, stated, "LANA will serve as a vehicle to disseminate critical information such as federal policies, funding opportunities, legislative action alerts, urgent community concerns and professional networking.

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