A refugee from Laos and has lived in Merced since 1977. She worked closely with healthcare and mental health settings as an interpreting and translation trainer for over 20 years. She currently works as a part-timer for BHRS Behavioral Health and Recovery Services as an Extra-Help Special Project Coordinator.
Graduated from the California State University, Fresno with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Computer Information Systems. She also has her Child Development Site Supervisor Permit to obtain any position in the early care and education field. She’s been teaching in the Early Education Head Start program in Merced since 2005. On the side, she has also been helping individuals and small businesses file taxes for more than a decade. Amanda is very involved in the Hmong Culture Camps and would like to help in any way possible to create a cultural shift in how Hmong families see early education.
A UC Merced Assistant Professor for Ethnic Studies and is driving the movement for Critical Hmong American Studies. She was also a parent of Hmong Culture Camp and an advocate for cultural preservation.
Executive Director of Hmong Culture Camps
She studied at CSU Stanislaus and received a degree in Business Marketing. While serving Hmong refugees in Thailand, she expanded her deep understanding of Hmong culture which drives her success. In 2017, she established Hmong Culture Camp, one of the only Hmong-English dual-language early education programs in the United States. Her approach is to close the achievement gap for Hmong youth while serving as a national model for dual-language education. She strongly believes that the only way to preserve the Hmong language and culture is through the empowerment of our youth.
Empowered Hmong Youth
Is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis. He is majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Public Health to pursue a career as a medical physician. He is now part of Hmong Culture Camp’s Hmong Community Table youth team.
was the marketing coordinator for Hmong Made Simple and is currently part of the Hmong Community Table youth team. She holds a Master of Science in Infectious Diseases and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Her career goal is to become a pediatric physician. Kandyce has devoted a significant amount of time to volunteering in her community, which includes creating mental health workshops, teaching after-school programs, and assisting at her local hospital. She joined Hmong Cultural Camp, Inc. because she wanted to rediscover her Hmong identity and learn what it means to be Hmong.
Nou Chi is a community leader and advocate who has served the Merced and Fresno communities. Her contributions to the team allowed for the very first virtual Hmong Culture Camp classes at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nou Chi also served as the Coordinator for Hmong Culture Camp’s COVID-19 Health Equity Project and worked closely with Merced County in organizing the very first SEA COVID-19 vaccine clinics. As a Community Health Worker today, she still contributes to the efforts of advancing health literacy and creating access to the underserved. Nou Chi now serves on the Hmong Community Table with Hmong Culture Camp.
is a 3rd year at Merced College. She’ll be done by the end of this year and will be transferring to Sacramento State by the Spring Semester. She aspires to be in the nursing field either within the radiology or the sonography department. Some things about her are that she loves to read and spend time with her family. She currently sits on the Hmong Community Table along with her peers at HCC.