Hmong culture camp
Committed To The Cause
Bouasvanh Lor is the Program Director of Hmong Culture Camps. She has a Business Marketing BS and 15 years in marketing and entrepreneurship. While serving Hmong refugees in Thailand, she expanded her deep understanding of Hmong culture that drives her success. In 2016, she established Hmong Culture Camps, 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.
Kasernyia Thao is the Program Associate of Hmong Culture Camps. She is currently a second-year student studying Human Biology at UC Merced who strives to show her peers the importance of investing time in the Hmong culture, history and new generation. Through volunteer work, she has learned the impact a single action can have on a community. She helped orchestrate Merced’s first ever Hmong Children’s Day where she recruited volunteers, lead activities and advocated the importance of using your Hmong name. She is a founding member of a Hmong youth group that developed a curriculum to allow Hmong Americans to help reclaim their Hmong identity. In the future, she hopes to become a physician and serve the Hmong elders in the Central Valley.
Curriculum Development Intern
What Pachia loves the most about HCC is being able to strengthen the youth’s knowledge of Hmong cultural heritage. She is passionate about the exposure of Hmong culture and history to the youths. She quotes: “If we forget our roots, then we forget who we are.”
Fund Development Intern
Yingcharoen Yang is the Fund Development intern for Hmong Culture Camp. He is currently attending Merced College pursuing Graphics Design and Computer Science. He enjoys volunteering and meeting people.
Wameng is a 4th year Human Biology undergraduate pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. He set a goal to give back to the community by uplifting the Hmong children of this era through exposure of the Hmong Culture and language. In his observation of the younger generation, he notices the continual diminishment of the Hmong culture and so, as a volunteer, he strives to ensure the preservation of his unique ethnic culture. With programs such as HCC, he hopes to be part of what brings diversity into the greater community.
Nouky is a senior in high school who is passionate about community service. He spends his time with the LEO club from his high school; they are a community service club that serves the Merced area. His passion for children stemmed from a young age and through working with Hmong Culture Camp, he was able to combine his two passions. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Nousee Xiong is a Senior at Golden Valley High School.
Nou Chi graduated from UC Merced in May 2020, where she majored in Human Biology and minored in Psychology. She is an aspiring psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. However, she is also passionate about culture and language preservation, health promotion, and educating about the higher education systems within the Hmong community. Nou Chi has been with Hmong Culture Camps since 2018 and helped in planning the very first Hmong Children’s Day!
Paj Ntaub Moua
Pajntaub Moua is a student attending Merced College. She is majoring in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. Despite her health issues, she still tries her best to support Hmong Culture Camp and also the staff. She wants the new generation to know how important it is to take in and hold on to their roots as “Hmoob.” She understands that some of us are different from each other but as long as both can respect and hold on to each other and work through it, she believes everything can be all good even if it took time and obstacles.