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Vang: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers

vang (väŋ) n. 1. A garden. 2. A farm (Hmong)

The Vang Drama documents the experiences of recent Iowa immigrant farmers and their journeys to the U.S. brought to life by Iowa Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winning director, Matt Foss.

Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and intense desire to return to the land. Vang exposes stereotypes and opens discussion about how farming is done in the U.S.

Performed by Matt Foss and Nancy Lee Painter and recorded at WPSU studios, March 31, 2015.

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