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Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents
2018 Solidarity Economy Webinar Series

In our last of five webinars, our speakers will share cooperative planning and startup experiences as nonprofit organizations with an organizing focus.


Pakou Hang, Hmong American Farmers Association

Pakou Hang was born in a refugee camp in northern Thailand and immigrated to the United States when she was 15 days old. Growing up, her family grew and sold fresh vegetables at the local farmers markets. It was that experience that inspired her commitment to economic justice for all workers. Pakou is the Executive Director and a Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), a membership-based nonprofit that was created to advance economic prosperity for Minnesota based Hmong farmers and their families. Using a racial equity and community wealth building model, HAFA works with farmers to develop cooperatives that facilitate access to land, new markets, business development, trainings and research opportunities. Pakou completed her Masters in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. She is a former member of the St. Paul Farmers Market Board of Directors and the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council. Pakou is also a 2004 recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a 2011 recipient of the Bush Foundation’s Bush Fellowship and a 2018 German Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Long Luu, VietLead

Long Luu is the Youth Coordinator with VietLead that supports youth programming in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. He is responsible for creating youth curriculum and working with youth through activities and workshops, specifically in arts and cultural expression and cooperative business incubation. Long has several years experience of volunteering with the organization, and developing youth from grades K-6. Previously, Long has worked for the SEEDs Summer Children camp as Program Coordinator which is for youth from grades K-6, and Resilient Roots program catered to high school youth. Long has managed a pop-up dinner social enterprise and has lead youth programming on developing social enterprise businesses. Long received his Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration on Literature and Writing and minored in General Education studies.


Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).

Asian American Solidarity Economies is a project of Solidarity Research Center in partnership with UCLA Asian American Studies Center and National CAPACD. For more information about our five-part webinar series, see our website.

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