After fighting as a child soldier in Laos during the Vietnam War era, Joe Bee Xiong moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a refugee in the 1980s. He dedicated his life to serving the community including on the community’s city council, making him the first Hmong American in Wisconsin elected to public office. He also taught others about Hmong culture and Hmong Americans about US customs. This story's animation and books are available in both English and Hmong. This is the English version. See Hmong version.