The Hmong Migration

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Cy Thao
May 21 – July 11, 2004
Minnesota Artists Gallery

This exhibition features fifty paintings by Cy Thao, which document the history of the Hmong people. Thao's series begins with Hmong creation myths and chronolgically depicts the migration of the Hmong community from Southern China, to the mountains of Laos, to the refugee camps of Thailand, and finally to Minnesota.

Thao was born in Laos in 1972. His family spent the first two years of his life trying to escape the war, and the next five in a refugee camp. His family came to Minnesota in 1980. Cy Thao is now a community activist and Representative in the Minnesota State Legislature.

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