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Bee Vang biography: 13 things about Hmong-American actor born in Fresno, California

Bee Vang is an American actor and activist of Hmong descent. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Fresno, California, United States four years after his parents, who are Hmong refugees from the Vietnam War, moved from Thailand to the U.S.
  2. He has one sister and five brothers.
  3. He spent his childhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA then in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. As a freshman at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, he was in the University of Minnesota‘s advanced program. He later went to Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minnesota.
  4. He was 15 years old when he starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Ahney Her in “Gran Torino,” which was released on December 12, 2008. It was the first major U.S. film to feature Hmong actors.
  5. From 2008 to 2010, he attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as a distinguished high school junior and senior through Minnesota’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program and undertook a full-time undergraduate course load.
  6. In 2011, he appeared as himself in a “Modern Family” episode. In a Twin Cities Pioneer Press editorial published on April 6, 2011, he criticized a KDWB radio comedy segment that offensively portrayed Hmong people.
  7. From May 2015 to August 2015, he was a production assistant intern at “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC in New York City, New York, USA.
  8. In 2016, he earned his bachelor’s degree in geopolitical epistemologies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He was part of the university’s part of the Asian American Students Association. From January 2016 to September 2016, he was an editorial assistant for The Economist in New York City.
  9. From August 2017 to January 2018, he was an Ethos multimedia journalist fellow in New York City.
  10. From January 2018 to August 2019, he was a digital media and communications consultant for The American Assembly in Columbia University in New York City. From February 2019 to December 2019, he was a Twin Cities Media Alliance and Twin Cities Daily Planet editorial and marketing associate.
  11. In 2020, he appeared in two episodes of “Boy Luck Club.” In June 2020, he joined the War Legacies Project as an editorial and communications associate. He played a Hmong American nonbinary person named Skylar Fang in “Comisery,” an Asian-American sci-fi screwball comedy that premiered on AsianAmericanMovies.com and on Amazon Video on September 1, 2020.
  12. In an NBC News column published on February 18, 2021, he addressed the issue about the violence against Asians in the U.S. amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and revisited the problems with “Gran Torino.” He wrote that the film was “a historic cinematic moment for Hmong people around the world despite its copious anti-Asian slurs” and it simultaneously increased Asian American representation and mainstreamed anti-Asian racism. In May 2021, he told Today that he does not regret making his acting debut in “Gran Torino” but pointed out that he does not see a place for the film in 2021.
  13. Represented by Leavitt Agency, he is set to play a lead character in a horror comedy film titled “Dark Christmas,” which will be released before 2022. He described his character as an Asian American person who is very deeply bothered by his identity problems of what it means to be Asian American.

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