Yang family in Ban Vinai refugee camp, Thailand.

Yang family before coming to the United States from Thailand

The Yang family in Ban Vinai refugee camp, Thailand, ca. 1978.

Color image of a commemorative sign erected in 1949 to mark the site of the Zierke family cabin, ca. 2010. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Sign marking site of Zierke family cabin

Commemorative sign erected in 1949 to mark the site of the Zierke family cabin, ca. 2010. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Somali Poetry in Minnesota

Somali poetry is a unique art form with an ancient history and a living legacy. Since 1991, it has connected Somali and Somali American refugees living in the United States with those who remain in their East African homeland. In the twenty-first century, Somali Minnesotans have kept their poetic traditions alive by forming arts groups, organizing public performances in the Twin Cities, and encouraging young people to become poets.

Color image of adopted Korean children in costume at Dual Heritage Conference, 1981.

Adopted Korean children in costume at Dual Heritage Conference

Adopted Korean children in costume at Dual Heritage Conference, 1981.

Color image of Shaman (Jennifer Weir) and Chwibari Dancer (Kaori Kenmatsu) in the Mu Performing Arts production of <em>Walleye Kid</em>, written by R. A. Shiomi and Sundraya Kase, directed by Rick Shiomi, 1998. Photographed by Charissa Uemara.

Mu Performing Arts production of "Walleye Kid"

Shaman (Jennifer Weir) and Chwibari Dancer (Kaori Kenmatsu) in the Mu Performing Arts production of Walleye Kid, written by R. A. Shiomi and Sundraya Kase, directed by Rick Shiomi, 1998. Photographed by Charissa Uemara.

Color image of Gabe (Michael Sung-Ho) and Billy (Eric Sharp) in the Mu Performing Arts production of Middle Brother, written by Eric Sharp and directed by Robert Rosen, 2014. Michal Daniel, photographer.

Mu Performing Arts production of "Middle Brother"

Gabe (Michael Sung-Ho) and Billy (Eric Sharp) in the Mu Performing Arts production of Middle Brother, written by Eric Sharp and directed by Robert Rosen, 2014. Photograph by Michal Daniel.

Korean Transracial Adoption in Minnesota

Korean adoption to the United States began at the end of the Korean War and continues in the 2010s. Over 200,000 Korean children have been adopted worldwide, with over 120,000 joining American homes. Minnesota has the highest concentration of Korean adoptees of any state, and its large and visible Korean adoptee population has made crucial contributions to local culture.

Black and white photograph of the Wiens family homestead, ca. 1950s

Wiens family homestead

The Wiens family homestead, site of the Bible studies meetings that led to the formation of Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church. Photograph by Mountain Lake Studio, ca. 1950s.

Mennonite Migration to Cottonwood County

Believing that war and violence are inconsistent with Jesus’s teachings to love one’s enemies, a group of people from Molotschna Colony, Russia—Mennonites of Dutch descent—searched for a permanent home in the early 1870s. They found such a place, where they could follow their faith without persecution, in Minnesota’s Cottonwood County.

Color image of the he skyline of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis viewed from the north. At center are the Riverside Plaza complex of apartment buildings and Mixed Blood Theatre. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi, May 3, 2017.

Skyline of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

The skyline of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis viewed from the north. At center are the Riverside Plaza complex of apartment buildings and Mixed Blood Theatre. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi, May 3, 2017.

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