Hmong Food in Wisconsin

As we continue to celebrate the many food traditions that have developed throughout our state, we recognize the stories of Hmong families and extended clans who have made Wisconsin their home.

Lucy Lor’s story in Wisconsin Life‘s Food Traditions series is an inspiring example of how food can link different times and places in our lives – honoring both the new and the old.

We are excited to share another story from Wisconsin’s Hmong community. Tune in 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 for Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast.

Read about the segment, filmed with Wausau’s Latricia Thao and her family, in this Wausau Daily Herald article – then, keep reading for more spotlights on Hmong food and agriculture, and how people of all cultural backgrounds can enjoy them together.


Watch a preview of Lidia’s segment below:

As part of the farming history project The Lands We Share, this Wisconsin Life audio segment unites the Hake family, who grew up on a Jefferson County dairy farm, and the Vang family, who now farm the same land growing organic vegetables.

Outdoor Wisconsin presented this segment earlier this year (beginning at 11:48) as producer Thay Yang joins members of the Hmong American Sportsman’s Club to cook Door County whitefish for a community meal.

Learn more with Prairie Sportsman, discussing the long Hmong tradition of hunting and fishing that continues today in the United States.

In this Wisconsin Gardener segment, Bill Wright of the Green Bay Botanical Center explains what Hmong vegetables grow best in any state garden.

Meet Bao Thao-Vang, a UW-Extension nutrition educator who helps Hmong-Americans navigate both healthy eating and the customs of a new culture.

Minnesota is home to many Hmong residents. This America’s Heartland segment (beginning at 14:23) introduces some Hmong farmers staking out their own place in the market.

This Food for Thought segment on Hmong farming in Minnesota discusses how communities are finding ways to achieve food justice for all.

Food for Thought has also produced this segment, in Hmong (with English subtitles) on the Food for Every Child program, about accessing healthy childhood nutrition.

We look forward to exploring more about the bounty of Hmong vegetables, dishes and traditions!

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