McLane High project on Southeast Asians displayed at Hmong festival

The Fresno BeeDecember 27, 2013 

A McLane High School exhibition, “Stories of Home,” will be featured at the Hmong International New Year Festival in Fresno and at Vang Pao Elementary School Saturday and Sunday.

McLane students conducted more than 300 interviews with Southeast Asian staff, community leaders, family members and friends regarding experiences in Laos, refugee camps and the U.S. to create “Stories of Home.” Students used videos and articles to accompany the interviews for research, which took 16 months to compile.

The high school students then translated that research into more than 30 panels of paintings, a graphic novel, film and a literary/art anthology.

The exhibition will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commerce Building at the Fresno Fairgrounds for the Hmong New Year Festival. It will also be displayed at Vang Pao Elementary School at 4100 E. Heaton Ave. in Fresno.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6279 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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