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    Professor Mai Na Lee

    The Stories Untold

    Associate Professor Mai Na Lee is dedicated to preserving Hmong history. In doing so, she works diligently to ensure that its hidden stories are uncovered and shared. Drawing on her personal history as a Hmong refugee, she engages her students in this research and brings together professors from across the world to tell the untold stories of the Hmong diaspora.
    Portrait of Paula Cueller against brick wall.

    The First to Listen

    From living in various countries as a child, to holding political positions in El Salvador, Paula Cuellar has seen it all. After completing three master's programs in the both the United States and in El Salvador, she looks to create change both domestically and abroad.
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    From India to the U of M

    Asian languages & literatures graduate student Sreyashi Ray ventured all the way from India to pursue a PhD in Asian literatures, cultures, and media. She was drawn to the University of Minnesota by the significant research work being done by the faculty and recommendations from professors at her alma mater.