Sonoma State University junior Cindy Cha is hard at work in her third year of a Biochemistry degree. Balancing college coursework and a job is challenging enough, but Cha has a new title that will add another responsibility: “Miss Hmong California 2018”.
Cha, a first-generation college student from Marysville in Yuba County, won the title at the annual Miss Hmong California competition. She wants others to know the pride she has in her heritage – even if she’s not an expert in the Hmong language.
“Being a Hmong-American means progressing in the Hmong community… trying to better the community,” says Cha. “Being yourself allows the Hmong community to appreciate you for who you are and what you stand for.”
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