Stories In Thread

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Stories in Thread focuses on Hmong Pa Dau. The traditionally hand-made textiles are integral to what it means to be Hmong in America. From the history-laden storycloths – elaborately embroidered scenes of Hmong life that depict the devastation of the Secret War – to New Year clothes – intricate and time-consuming works of dedication that express one’s clan affiliation and pride – the crucial importance of this craft to the Hmong American community is clear. Despite this significance of Pa Dau to identity, inheritance, and cultural survival, the art form is in danger of disappearing. Through the interview of multiple generations of Hmong Americans, this film illustrates the history and significance of the textiles and explores the modern changes that are threatening their production. The perspective of the elder generation, the original fighters and refugees from Laos, is expressed in their own Hmong language and their fear of cultural loss is immediate and painful. The understanding of Hmong youth is conveyed by the often apologetic testimony of college students; a generation that is facing challenges and that their parents and grandparents never knew. The story of Hmong Pa Dau is the story of identity change and perseverance, it is an exploration of the refugee and immigrant experience, and also a commentary on contemporary minority issues in America.

Upcoming Air Dates
  • Stories In Thread |
    New Sunday, Mar 19 at 7pm TPT MN
  • Stories In Thread |
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 1am TPT MN
  • Stories In Thread |
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 7am TPT MN
  • Stories In Thread |
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 1pm TPT MN
  • Stories In Thread |
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 9:30pm TPT 2
  • Stories In Thread
    Stories in Thread focuses on Hmong Pa Dau. The traditionally hand-made textiles are integral to what it means to be Hmong in America. From the history-laden storycloths - elaborately embroidered scenes of Hmong life that depict the devastation of the Secret War - to New Year clothes - intricate and time-consuming works of dedication that express one's clan affiliation and pride - the crucial importance of this craft to the Hmong American community is clear. Despite this significance of Pa Dau to identity, inheritance, and cultural survival, the art form is in danger of disappearing. Through the interview of multiple generations of Hmong Americans, this film illustrates the history and significance of the textiles and explores the modern changes that are threatening their production. The perspective of the elder generation, the original fighters and refugees from Laos, is expressed in their own Hmong language and their fear of cultural loss is immediate and painful. The understanding of Hmong youth is conveyed by the often apologetic testimony of college students; a generation that is facing challenges and that their parents and grandparents never knew. The story of Hmong Pa Dau is the story of identity change and perseverance, it is an exploration of the refugee and immigrant experience, and also a commentary on contemporary minority issues in America.
    New Sunday, Mar 19 at 7pm TPT MN
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 1am TPT MN
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 7am TPT MN
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 1pm TPT MN
    Sunday, Mar 26 at 9:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, Mar 27 at 3:30am TPT 2
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