Yang Dao

Independent Research Collaborator, Associate Producer (United States)

Dr. Yang Dao, Research Collaborator (Minnesota), is a Hmong from Laos. He received his Ph.D. in social science at the University of Paris, France, in May 1972. He returned in Vientiane and worked as Director in the Ministry of Planning (July 1972-April 1974) of the Royal Lao Government. In April 1974, he was appointed by King Sisavang Vatthana as a member of the National Political Consultative Council (Laotian National Congress) of the Kingdom of Laos. In May 1975, he took the road of exile to Paris, France, where he worked in education and journalism. In January 1983, he migrated to the United States of America where he served on the faculties of university of Minnesota’s College of Education, Hamline University and Metropolitan State University. He also worked as Southeast Asian specialist for the Saint Paul Public Schools and served on the Boards of the Saint Paul Foundation and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Currently he consults on Southeast Asian Education and Cultures.

Dr. Yang Dao writes and speaks Hmong, Lao, French, and English and has a good command in Vietnamese and Thai languages. From 1969 to 2010, he has done intensive researches on Hmong/Miao people in Asia. He has authored and co-authored 10 books and published several articles on Hmong history, culture and traditions. Finally, he wrote, composed and published 9 Hmong modern songs.  After filling the roles of historical consultant and cast for the award-winning documentary feature Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015), he filled the roles of associate producer, research collaborator and cast for its sequel Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads.

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