Alisa Xiong

About Alisa Xiong
Ms. Xiong is an on-camera interviewer for the Hmong Report on Crossings TV, and is continuing her studies at California State University, Sacramento. Her passions are photography and community service, and she is uniquely interested in telling stories about the Hmong community. Her volunteer service includes assisting My Sister’s House, which provides shelter to women escaping violence.

From refugee camp to home owners

FamilyHouse

Thirteen years of life in refugee camps didn’t darken the dream of home ownership for Julie and Peter Thao. Now that dream is a reality. “The life there is very difficult,” Julie Thao says of her years in Thailand, which became the family’s home after an escape from Laos. “We didn’t have enough food to […]

Farm to fork, Laos to South Sac

Gardener

From Laos to Thailand and now South Sacramento, the seeds survived. They have been buried in the rich soil at each stop and nurtured to life by Khoua Lee, a woman who was born to garden. “If I do not plant my seeds, they will die,” Khoua says. “So I have to plant them to […]

Hmong Shaman saves lives, bridges gaps between East and West

Lue Vang, Sacramento Hmong Shaman

“They took me to hospitals around Sacramento where I learned about the different ways a doctor can heal. They also taught me the reasons for medication and surgery. In return, I taught the doctors about how I can heal human souls by doing spiritual ceremonies,” Lue Vang says.