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S.R. No. 29, as introduced: 91st Legislative Session (2019-2020) Posted on January 9, 2019

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2honoring Dr. Yang Dao's 75th birthday.
1.3WHEREAS, Dr. Yang Dao was born on September 7, 1943, in Xieng Khouang Province of the Kingdom of Laos to Yaj
1.4Mi Nu and Hawj Kawm; and
1.5WHEREAS, in September 1950, Dr. Yang Dao received a scholarship from the French colonial administration of French
1.6Indochina and started his education in Dalat, South Vietnam; and
1.7WHEREAS, Dr. Yang Dao passed the French examinations in June 1959, which allowed him to continue his education at
1.8Lycee de Vientiane; and
1.9WHEREAS, Dr. Yang Dao received his national French high-school diploma (baccalaureat francais) in June 1964 and
1.10graduated from the University of Paris in June 1968; and
1.11WHEREAS, in April 1972, Dr. Yang Dao became the first Hmong in history to hold a PhD, graduating from Sorbonne
1.12University in Paris, France; and
1.13WHEREAS, upon returning to Laos, Dr. Yang Dao became the director to the Ministry of Planning of the Royal Lao
1.14Government and a consultant to General Vang Pao; and
1.15WHEREAS, after the Vientiane Treaty in February 1973, Dr. Yang Dao was appointed by King Sisavang Vatthana of the
1.16Kingdom of Laos to become a member of the National Political Consultative Council of Coalition; and
1.17WHEREAS, when the US withdrew from Southeast Asia, Dr. Yang Dao escaped with his family to Thailand and then left
1.18in July 1976 to take political asylum in Paris, France, where he made endless efforts for the US Embassy to resettle Hmong refugees;
1.20WHEREAS, in 1983, Dr. Yang Dao and his family moved to the US from Paris and settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where
1.21he worked at the University of Minnesota and joined the Board of Administration at Saint Paul Public Schools; and
1.22WHEREAS, Dr. Yang Dao also served on the advisory board to launch the first Hmong television broadcast, Kev Koom
1.23Siab, in 1991, to help the Hmong community in Minnesota; and
1.24WHEREAS, Dr. Yang Dao is a highly renowned, respectable, and influential international leader, author (Hmong at the
1.25Turning Point, 1993), national songwriter, and tireless advocate for the Hmong community to pursue education; and
1.26WHEREAS, Dr. Yang Dao lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, with his wife, Ly Mo, their 5 children, 15 grandchildren,
1.27and 6 great-grandchildren, and remains active in the community; and
1.28NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that it congratulates Dr. Yang Dao
1.29on his 75th birthday and his career accomplishments.
1.30BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is directed to prepare an enrolled copy of this resolution,
1.31to be authenticated by the Secretary's signature and that of the Chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and transmit
1.32it to Dr. Yang Dao.
Cal R. LudemanSecretary of the Senate Paul E. GazelkaChair, Senate Committee onRules and Administration
Foung HawjState Senator, District 67 John A. HoffmanState Senator, District 36
Chris A. EatonState Senator, District 40

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