A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the profane words that were hurled at her during her first job while working in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.”
These are some of the characters brought to life in “Vang”, a drama about recent immigrant farmers. “Vang” (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong) captures the immigrants’ journeys to the U.S. and how they have made farming a sustainable way of life in America.
“Vang” is written by award-winning author and former Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander and features photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deni Chamberlain.