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Hmong American journalist Chenue Her honors immigrant parents for putting him, 4 siblings through college

  • Chenue Her is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month by dedicating his and his four siblings’ accomplishments to their Hmong parents.
  • The first Hmong male newscaster in the U.S. honored his mom Yia and his dad Seng in a Twitter thread following his younger sister’s graduation from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
  • Her’s parents immigrated to the U.S. after living in Thailand refugee camps in the early 1980s.
  • He told NextShark that he grew up in a strict household where education was a high priority.
  • The journalist remembers his parents sacrificing a lot and working day and night, sometimes on weekends, just to be able to send their children to school.

Hmong American journalist Chenue Her is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month by dedicating his and his four siblings’ accomplishments to their immigrant parents.

Chenue Her, who became the first Hmong male newscaster in the U.S. when he joined “Good Morning Iowa” in Des Moines, Iowa, honored his mom Yia and his dad Seng in a Twitter thread following his younger sister’s graduation from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Why we should thank our local Asian American reporters: Gia Vang, Chenue Her and Dion Lim keep marching forward in the face of racism

Asian American Reporters
  • Asian American reporters, who have become watchdogs for the communities they serve, often receive the brunt of online anti-Asian hate.
  • Local news anchors Gia Vang (Minneapolis), Chenue Her (Des Moines) and Dion Lim (San Francisco) spoke to NextShark about the racism and xenophobia they’ve received before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The journalists say that these hurtful encounters will stay with them long after the pandemic is over.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been victims of xenophobia and racism for hundreds of years. Many Asian Americans, however, are currently experiencing highly publicized, violent forms of anti-Asian hate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One group of individuals who have been particularly impacted by this aggressive increase are Asian American reporters.

Local broadcast news reporters are highly accessible online, and their contact information is usually available to those who want to submit tips or suggestions for stories. Because they act as a resource to the communities they serve, their social media is often available to the public as an open forum.