A Hmong community leader in Merced, and the director of an organization—Lao Family Community—that helps Hmong people apply for job training, navigate the bureaucratic difficulties of receiving public assistance, and stay up-to-date with news from Laos and Thailand. Like Jonas Vangay, he earned a master’s degree from a French university before moving to California. Blia’s father, the “administrative leader” of a Laotian city, was assassinated by the Pathet Lao—a communist army—when Blia was only nine years old. He tells Fadiman, whom he introduces to the Lee family, that he dreams of creating Hmongtown, a section of Merced devoted to Hmong culture and living. Unfortunately, Fadiman eventually discovers that Blia has tired of his stressful work in Merced; not long after resigning from Lao Family Community, he moves to Minnesota.
Blia Yao Moua Character Timeline in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
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Chapter 8: Foua and Nao Kao
...broker,” somebody who could integrate Fadiman into the Hmong community. A local Hmong leader named Blia Yao Moua , a friend of Sukey’s, introduced Fadiman to May Ying Xiong, a twenty-year-old clerk-typist and... (full context)
Chapter 12: Flight
Chapter 16: Why Did They Pick Merced?
Chapter 17: The Eight Questions
...the case that these two cultures were irreconcilable in this situation. She evokes an idea Blia Yao Moua presented to her that Hmong culture is not Cartesian, which is to say that it... (full context)