What happened in 2011 and what stood out most for you? 18XEEM looks back on a year of loss, triumphs and most discussed stories of 2011! Tell us what you think in the comments area below, or let us know what else should have made our Top 10.
- Former leader General Vang Pao dies on January 6 and a statue is unveiled to commemorate his life on December 28. TIME magazine names Vang Pao one of the “TIME’s People Who Mattered in 2011“
- Hmong National Conference resumes after a year on hiatus in St. Paul, MN on April 22
- Brothers Abel Vang and Burlee Vang Win 2011 Motion Picture Academy Fellowship.
- Thousands of Christian Hmong protestors demand religious freedom in Vietnam
- Phagna Touby Lyfoung honored at Lao, Hmong and American Veteran Memorial on May 30 in Sheboygan, WI
- Fresh Traditions holds successful fashion show for the fifth year in a row on October 7
- Jerry Yang releases book “All In” in July
- Non-Hmong singing contestant wins big at Hmong New Year in Fresno, CA
- Community members rally at KDWB Studio on April 15 in response to racist remarks made on the radio show
- All-star high school football players featured in Sports Illustrated’s November issue