Obama or McCain: You decide

June 3, 2008—I got the opportunity to attend the presumptive Democratic Nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s victory speech at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.About 17,000 people witnessed this historic moment with the first black American to win a major political party endorsement. “This is the greatest moment of my life,” excitedly said Hlee Vang, an Obama supporter. Continue Reading

Hmong language endangered?

According to an article published by World Language magazine, a Chinese state media reported that “China’s fourth-largest ethnic minority, the Miao (known as the Hmong in the rest of Southeast Asia), Continue Reading

Black, white, or woman president?

Xao Yang, 75, of Oakdale, Minn., isn’t voting for presidential aspirants Sens. Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. “We are not ready for a black president,” says Xao, who came to the US in 1989 and became a citizen in 1997. Neng S. Yang, of Cottage Grove, Minn., disagrees. “This election is what I have been waiting for,” Neng says, who is an Obama supporter. Continue Reading