Wiscosin Hmong Association Inc
WHA, Inc. is a Non-profit Organization that Embraces Culture and Traditions, Leadership, and Empowerment through the Development of Language, Culture, Educational, and Social Programs to Serve Hmong-American Youths, Adults, and Families throughout Dane County.
Hmong Americans are the largest Asian ethnic group in the state of Wisconsin. Allies of the United States in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and later stages of the Laotian Civil War, they started seeking asylum as political refugees after the communist takeover in Southeast Asia in 1975. They were subject to targeted attacks in Laos and more than one hundred thousand Hmong were estimated to have been killed in the aftermath.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 49,240 Hmong persons living in Wisconsin, making up 0.9% of the state's population. Wisconsin has the third-largest Hmong population, after California and Minnesota. In the Madison area they are about 4,230 Hmong people live here. As of 2014, the largest Hmong populations in Wisconsin are located in Madison, Green Bay/Appleton(Fox Valley), La Crosse, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Wausau.
Madison: The Wisconsin Hmong Association organization (WHA) celebrate our New Year on the last weekend of November. The daytime programs includes special guest speakers, culture show, food, Flea Market, traditional ball tossing, eating, buying gifts, competitions, etc. The evening programs celebrate the passing of the old year and welcoming of the new one with song and dance. Often time there will be special band or special singer(s) from other states or country.