Film to Focus on First Hmong Elected Official in United States


The story of Mee Moua’s remarkable first campaign for the Minnesota Senate is examined in the next ReelMN documentary, The Time is Right for Mee. An accomplished attorney and community advocate when she decided to run in 2002, Moua nonetheless faced an uphill battle to win the Democratic primary with only three weeks to spare. The result was a massive mobilization of new citizens into registered voters and her triumph as the first Hmong American elected official in America. The film will be screened at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Minnesota History Center. Admission to the film is free. Regular admission is required for entrance to museum galleries.

Born in war torn Laos in 1969, Moua fled at five with her family to a Thai refugee camp before resettling in the United States in 1978. Working her way up from the public housing in Appleton, Wis., Mee Moua graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island, earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Moua is currently a senator for St. Paul District 67 and serves as the Senate’s Majority Whip.

The film was created by the local team of Foung Heu and Noel Lee.
The ReelMN Documentary Series gives visitors an opportunity to explore and discuss, through the medium of documentary film, the lives and experiences of the many peoples and cultures that have given Minnesota and the Upper Midwest their distinctive character and history.

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-296-6126, 1-800-657-3773 or TTY 651-282-6073.

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