Welcoming refugees the focus of Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Helping refugees was the focus of the Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon.

The event was online this year.

The featured speaker, Kao Kalia Yang, shared her story of fleeing Laos and coming to the United States.

Yang spoke about how her childhood closely resembles what young Afghan children are now experiencing at military bases across the country.

“We’ve been a haven, Minnesota and Wisconsin, for refugees for the last 40, 50 years, and already we’re beginning to welcome these newcomers, all of these families looking for a possibility,” said Yang.

Yang recently released a new children’s book, From the Tops of the Trees, which tells stories from her time in a Thai refugee camp.