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“If you work like a slave first—eventually, you’ll get to eat and live like a leader. If you eat and live like a leader first—eventually, you’ll have to eat and live like a slave.”
These are words of wisdom, words that anyone can learn from. They’re words that Teng Lo has never forgotten. Now seventy years old, he has learned many things in life—but those words, spoken by his Hmong elders, are as meaningful today as when he first heard them, years ago and in a very different place, as a twelve-year-old boy.
Oral History, Stockton - CA, California, Hmong American, History
Smith, Amy E.. "Lo Family: Teng Lo (Elder)". (2005). STOCKTONSpeaks! Hmong American Stories. Oral History 4.
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