ICJS Event: "From a Refugee Camp to the Minnesota State Senate: A Hmong American Woman's Journey" by Mee Moua

Wednesday, November 16, 2005
7:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212 (access)
Institute lectures are open to the general public, but space may be limited: RSVP is recommended.
Registration closed

State Senator Mee Moua was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in a special election in January 2002. Senator Moua was the nation's first Hmong American elected to a state legislature. Born in a remote village in Laos as the daughter of a medical worker, she spent three years with her family in a Thai refugee camp before moving to the United States, where she would later attend Brown University, The University of Texas, and the University of Minnesota Law School.

As a state senator, she has been an advocate of civil rights and is a founder of the Hmong Bar Association, a member of the Democratic National Committee, a board member on the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum and is a member of the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

Senator Moua is a Majority Whip, Vicechair of the Transportation Policy and Budget Committee, and serves on the Tax Committee and the Health and Family Security Committee. In addition to being a member of the Senate, Senator Moua is an attorney with Leonard, Street and Deinard, representing small businesses.

Senator Moua currently lives on St. Paul's East Side with her husband Yee Chang and their two children, Chase and Sheng.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.