In the past many current participants in CCFA have assisted individuals in the Hmong community with money to offset the cost and tutoring to become American Citizens. We are thankful for grants from the La Crosse Community Foundation to provide assistance for this work of building a stronger community by welcoming immigrants to the La Crosse Community.
Hmong Americans are the largest Asian ethnic group in the U.S. 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 both nations in 1975. They were subject to targeted attacks in both countries, and more than 100,000 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. From 1990 to 2000, the Hmong population in Wisconsin increased by 106%, as immigration continued from Hmong refugee camps in Thailand. Of the U.S. states, Wisconsin has the third-largest Hmong population, after California and Minnesota. As of 2014, the largest Hmong populations in the state are located in Green Bay, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Wausau.