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Golden Representation



Simone Biles received a lot of coverage for her well-founded efforts to take care of her mental health. It did open up a spot for Sunisa Lee to shine as all Around gymnastics gold medalist, and America's new golden girl as a result.  Suni is Hmong American.

Hmong tribes people originated in southeast China but were forced to southeast Asia as a result of persecution and genocide. The largest percentage are in Laos, but they are less than one in 10 even there. Laos has participated in seven Summer Olympics but has never won a medal.

There are around one-third of a million Hmong people in the U.S., many in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  California, however, has the greatest Hmong population of any state, near 100,000. It's great to see Suni Lee put yet another positive face on Asian Americans to counter Anti-Asian hate crimes ("The Awful Familiarity of Anti-Asian Violence," March 25), and for her rise as a national star.

John Dillon, Eureka

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