The Hmong Cultural Center provides resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness between Hmong and non-Hmong–around 25,000 Hmong are in Minnesota. Programs include adult education and literacy as well as cultural education, such as learning to play the qeej, the traditional Hmong instrument and Hmong embroideries. Hmong is the second language spoken in Minnesota homes (after Spanish) and ESL classes help adults and elders adapt to life in the US, increasing chances for employment. Most of the Hmong in Minnesota fled Laos in the 1970s as they were persecuted after the Vietnam War for siding with Americans. The pandemic decimated many Hmong businesses and the riots added to the pain, particularly when anti-Asian messages were written on walls. See The Right to Home for stories of Hmong families’ meaning-making processes in the home and how they relate to disparities.