Date of Interview
Keith Vang was born in Long Cheng, Laos, but his family left in 1972 for Vientiane. After the fall of Long Cheng in 1975, Vang’s family fled to northern Laos, where they lived until they surrendered to the communists in 1978. His family fled to Thailand in 1979. Keith’s father was a shaman, and much of his story tells of his father’s role as a shaman and the struggles his family faced when they came to the United States, converted to Christianity, and faced the growing demand by the local Hmong immigrant community for his father to return to practicing shamanism. At the time of the interview Vang was working in the Information Technology Department at Concordia University.
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Hillmer, Paul, "Interview with Keith Vang" (2005). Hmong Oral History Project. 9.