Sen Saetern is a freelance writer, photographer and bicycle mechanic. Born in Sacramento to a Iu Mien refugee family from Laos, he is now a board member of Iu Mien Community Services and travels the country to share stories from the Iu Mien diaspora. See more at sensaetern.com.
The Capital Region is home to the country’s densest concentration of Iu Mien people, part of a Southeast Asian nomadic tribe with roots in Southern China. Immigrant and American-born members of the community come together to celebrate the holiday and support each other.
Capital Region restaurant owners with mixed backgrounds are
channeling their points of view into creative dishes.