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Fox Cities Hmong community celebrates New Year

9:35 PM, Nov. 24, 2012

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With a few scissor snips, five balloons tied between a decorated archway lifted into the sky Saturday morning at Appleton East High School.

"The balloon carries everything we don't want ? from last year," said Salad Vang, a local medical doctor and member of one of the largest Hmong communities in the country.

The Fox Cities Hmong population bid welcome to 2013 with a traditional New Year's celebration - a festive gathering that began Saturday morning with music, hot food, colorful garments and a ball-toss game designed to catch the perfect mate. In an aging immigrant culture that came to the ...

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