The actions of Thao, who is Hmong American, have propelled the community into the contentious discussion involving the relationship between the Asian American and the black communities.
And it also highlights, specifically, where some Hmong Americans see themselves in the larger context of Asian America.
As for educational attainment, nearly 30 percent of Southeast Asian Americans haven’t completed high school or passed the GED.
There has been significant support for the black community from many Hmong Americans, with coalitions like Hmong for Black Lives standing with their neighbors.
“Anti-blackness is a systemic issue that is not unique to the Hmong community or the AAPI community,” she said.