Hmong American Center

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Message From The Director

Hello Friend, Nyob Zoo Phooj Ywg:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Hmong American Center, Inc. website.

First and foremost, I want to thank all of our partners, volunteers, the board of directors, and all our supporters for the love, and support towards our organization.

The Hmong American Center (HAC) formerly known as the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association was organized as a non-profit 501 (c) (3), tax-exempt organization in 1984 to assist in community integration as well as economic and social advancement of Southeast Asian refugees (primarily Hmong) in the Wausau-Marathon County area. Currently, this community has more than 9,000 Southeast Asian residents, making it the second largest and the highest per capita Southeast Asian population in Wisconsin.

During the early years, most refugees experienced significant challenges in adjusting to life in the United States. When accessing services in the mainstream community, language barriers and lack of familiarity with the various systems and institutions became obstacles for most.

After four decades in the United States, Hmong demographics have shifted to where the US Born populations is larger than those born abroad. The Hmong American Center, Inc. was successful in helping many of the Southeast Asian refugees, transition from renters, to becoming owners of their own destiny. We are proud of the strives that the Southeast Asian community has accomplished.

While needs for such services as translation have decreased, new and emerging issues have surfaced in the Hmong community.

The Hmong American Center Inc. is now more determined than ever to create a strong Hmong American Community through service, education and collaboration.

We thank you for your support and your interest in our organization.

Successfully yours,

Yee Leng Xiong
Executive Director,
Hmong American Center, Inc.