Maipa Yang-Vang participated in the main cast of the film. She is Dr. Yang Dao’s first born and she was born in Nantes, France. After her father received his Ph.D in Social Science at the University of Paris in 1972 her parents returned to Laos with Maipa and her two younger sisters. At the time Maipa only knew and spoke French. She had to learn Hmong and Lao when they lived in Laos. In 1973 Maipa, her parents and her 2 sisters and 2 brothers left Laos to Thailand where they lived in the refugee camps in Nam Phong and Ban Vinai. In 1976 Maipa and her family moved to France and then moved to the United States in 1983.
Maipa is currently an Assistant Property Manager at Dakota County Community Development Agency. She also holds a life insurance license.
Maipa is married to Ger Vang. They have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Maipa likes to travel, spend time with families and friends, and dance.