Xong was born in a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand but moved to Wisconsin as a child after her family couldn’t safely return to Laos following the Vietnam War. There she grew up as part of a large influx of twice dislocated Hmong refugees who were not always welcomed with open arms in the small city of La Crosse. Despite her experiences with racism, poor integration, and detachment from her own culture, Xong is determined to help the younger generation born in America stay connected www.statesfilms.com/state/wisconsin.

Lueth Park Pump Track (Video)

Watch an amazing group of volunteers transform an idea into reality to make a city healthier, happier, and stronger by creating the Lueth Park Pump Track in La Crosse, Wisconsin...more at www.oratrails.org.

Socks, Sandals and Pole Vault (Video)

In this episode, I was joined by my good friend Jeremiah Burish from the Explore La Crosse. Jeremiah prides himself on doing things a little differently, from Pole Vaulting to socks with sandals, he has definitely carved out a unique identity in the kayak...

How to make a Torta Ahogada (Video)

The Torta Ahogada ( drowned torta ) is a famous sandwich from the Mexican state of Jalisco, particularly in the city of Guadalajara. It was said to be accidentally invented in the early 1900s. The story goes that Don Ignacio “Nacho” Saldaña was in his 30s...