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This weekend, Milwaukee’s Hmong community will host a New Year Celebration. Pang Xiong came to Wausau from Thailand with her family as a refugee when she was two years old. When she was a senior in high school, Pang became Miss Hmong Wisconsin and runner-up for Miss Hmong International.
Now a senior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Pang reflects on her time in her community’s beauty pageant and shares the message that animated her campaign.