We are all excited to meet everyone and have many great plans for this year!
Chong Vue – President
4th year, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major
Chong Vue is currently a fourth year student at the University of California at Davis majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her love of caring for others and her curiosity to understand how the body systems work aspires her to become a doctor, with a focus in internal medicine. Chong took the position of President of the Hmong Student Union because the goals of the organization are the same as some of her personal life goals. She sees that even though there are many Hmong students in college already, there could be more. She wants to encourage the younger Hmong generations that education is the key to a brighter future and that our parents did not struggle to get to this country for us to fail at getting a decent education. She believes that our parents and the Hmong generations before us deserves more than that and it’s up to the younger Hmong generations to get a better education so we can all give back to the community that raised us.
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Jerry Xiong – Vice President
3rd year, Biological Sciences Major
Jerry Xiong is a third year, biological sciences major at UC Davis. He enjoys the outdoors, plays basketball and is madly in love with it; although he is WAY shorter than the typical basketball player you see on TV. Family is a big part of his life, and when he does go back home, he enjoys catching up with them and chatting about life in general. In addition, he enjoys fishing with his Old Man and brothers and gobbling up all the delicious food his beautiful sisters and mother cook. Some may say he’s intimidating because of his cold stare and moody demeanor, but that’s all due to the stress of balancing school with money and a whole wagon of other things. In other words, get to know him because he is a really nice guy who’ll try to help you if what you seek is in his capabilities.
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Kong Lor – Treasurer
2nd Year, Biological Sciences Major
Kong Lor is from Sacramento, Ca and is the high school valedictorian from Grant High School. He was born on January 14, 1994 and was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a second year undergraduate UC Davis student with the major in Biological Sciences, where he plans to pursue a career in the medical field. Kong is a very humble and kind person that is willing to help and inspire others to pursue their dreams. He loves to play sports such as ultimate frisbee, basketball, and bowling. At first glance, he may seem scary and unapproachable but don’t worry, he’s actually a very foolish and childish because he gets along with everyone with his humor. But, looks can be deceiving as he is very ambitious about school and education. With Kong as your Treasurer for the HSU cabinet for 2013-2014, there would be endless fun and joy for all. If you want to join his secret society, you must know his secret password! P.S. The code is 9527! Laugh if you will but be awkward if you don’t know what it is! LOL!
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Crystal Yang – Historian
2nd Year, Clinical Nutrition
Crystal Yang is from Clovis, California and a fellow alumna from Clovis East High School. She is the second oldest of her four siblings and has two sisters and one brother. She was in gymnastics her whole four years in high school and also participated in a volleyball and flag football team outside of school. Sports has played a significant role in her life because it has taught her to gradually crawl out of her shell and be much more confident in herself. On her free time, she enjoys watching Bollywood films, getting her nails done, and scrap-booking. Crystal chose to be Historian for Hmong Student Union because she knew instantly that the position description fitted her perfectly. She loves taking pictures and understands that they are the truest form of documentation to look back on in order to enjoy unforgettable memories. In addition, she discovered how life changing it was to find a student organization whom she connected so easily with. Most importantly, she wanted to challenge herself to achieve more than what she thought she could ever do at UC Davis. Although Crystal is yet settling on what she will aspire as her future career, she acknowledges that she can accomplish anything her heart desires if she has the determination and passion for it.
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Yeleng Thao – Big Sib Little Sib Coordinator
2nd Year, Biological Sciences
Yeleng Thao is from Clovis, Ca and a high school graduate from Clovis East High School. He is a second year undergraduate UC Davis student with a major of Biological Science, where he plans on pursuing a career as a Dentist. Yeleng is an outgoing, helpful, and friendly person who loves to meet new people. A few activities that he enjoys are playing volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, badminton, and pool. In addition, he enjoys doing activities that challenges him such as chess and Sudoku. Besides sports and activities, Yeleng is also a huge Dragon Ball Z fan who is not afraid to show the inner child side of him. He is comfortable with anyone and is very approachable. Yeleng is a hard worker who has a great vision for the future of the Hmong Student Union’s 2013-2014 year. With Yeleng as the Big Sib Little Sib (BSLS) coordinator, he plans to recruit and maintain as many members as possible to have them be part of the HSU Family. Furthermore, he plans to have physical and mental activities for the big sib little sib pairs, so they can form everlasting friendships and sibling bonds with one another. Yeleng is excited as the 2013-2014 BSLS Coordinator and is looking forward to expanding the HSU family.
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Jenny Lee – Higher Education Conference Coordinator
3rd Year, Asian American Studies and Communications Double Major
Jenny is a Hmong American woman born and raised in Sacramento. She is currently a third year Asian American Studies and Communications double major. Jenny serves as the coordinator for Hmong Student Union’s higher education conference 2014, a four day conference to promote higher education and cultural awareness to high school students. She was exposed to the Hmong community in Davis through the Higher Education Conference in 2012 and has been empowered to continue serving the Hmong community since then. She is also highly involved in SAFE (Southeast Asian Furthering Education) by outreaching to the underrepresented and under-resourced Southeast Asian youth community. To relieve stress, she enjoys biking and taking pictures of the beautiful scenery.
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Ia Lo – Culture Awareness Coordinator
2nd Year, Anthropology Major
Hey you! You want to know some stuff about Ia Lo. Well, first let’s start with a simple introduction. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Anthropology and is seeking a minor so hit her up with anything interesting. She likes to learn about ethnic cultures of all kind especially the Hmong culture. No wonder she is HSU Cultural Awareness Coordinator. She graduated from Grant Union High School in 2012, a Sacramento native. Alright, so what are her interests? From some Facebook stalking, she likes making videos, outdoors, hanging out with friends, and one of her secret dream is to become a bartender. Ia’s friends commented that she is full of energy and ambitious. The force that keeps her going is coffee so when you should treat her for coffee for her birthday (May 14) and a pumpkin spice latte for Halloween which is one of her favorite holiday. Her very close friend describes her as spontaneous and at some special occasion daring- dare you to dare dye her hair blue. Puaj thaum ub muaj ib pab os…
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Shawn Moua – Intramural Sports Coordinator
2nd Year, Aeronautic Engineering Major
Shawn Pheng Moua was born on January 7, 1994 in Stockton, California. He is the oldest of five children, and loves to fish, hunt, and help others in his free time. Shawn strives to be a role model for his younger siblings, cousins, and the community—inspiring them to aspire.
Shawn was named the Class of 2012 Valedictorian at Cesar Chavez High School, “Homecoming King of 2011-2012”, Mayor’s Top Twenty Five, The Stockton Record’s Pinnacle Award, and the President’s Education Award. In addition, he has served over 500 hours of community service with the Honors Show Choir, Honors Jazz Choir, Chavez Drama (featured in the play “Grease”), and held leadership offices such as President of the Singing Titans Club and Commissioner of Activities and Rallies in Student Government. Athletically, Shawn has played four years of football in the positions of strong-safety, free-safety, linebacker, and wide receiver. In 2012, he was named San Joaquin Athletic Association (SJAA) All-Conference Defensive Player, Cesar Chavez’s Scholar Athlete of the year, Most Inspirational Player of the Year, and have also been featured in the Stockton Records as the Charles Washington Award Recipient.
At the present time, he is attending UC Davis, majoring in Aeronautic Engineering as a second year. Recently, he has been a vital contribution in helping his peers achieve their goals: offering them help, advice, and tutoring in classes, motivation and coaching in IM sports and athletic activities, and volunteering his time in organizations and their activities.
“I’ve just completed my first year and eager to start my second year. As the IM sports Coordinator this year, I plan to get as many members involved in the Intramural Sports, as they are a vital opportunity for members to bond and grow together. I also hope to share some of my experiences and giving them a ‘break’ from all the studying occasionally. College is hard, and probably what everyone denies: lonely. I hope to change that feeling of loneliness by creating a family feeling. I look forward to seeing all the new faces and making new lifelong friends and memories.”
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3rd Year, Design Major
Dee Dee Yang is a 3rd year design student at UC Davis, with an emphasis on fashion. She hopes to become a fashion designer, and strives to get into the business world. After the completion of her undergrad, hopefully by 2015, she wants to further her education and attain her MBA. If all goes well, she will continue for her PhD.
Some of Dee Dee’s hobbies include drawing and staying physically active. She enjoys playing volleyball, football, and many other sports, but her favorite of all time is soccer. She grew up playing this sport with her dad and siblings, which holds significant meaning to her heart as it resembles family.
Dee Dee is a 1st generation college student and 2nd in her family to attend a university. Out of 5, she’s the 2nd oldest of Paaj Cai Yaaj and Zeb Hawj, a truck driver and a preschool para educator. With little resource growing up, her parents pushed for her and her siblings to value education. Their support has been a key factor of Dee Dee’s accomplishments and future goals.
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