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File photo: Hmong refugees get ready to board a bus for Fresno after arriving on the first chartered aircraft carrying 289 Hmong passengers to the Los Angeles airport on August 23, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.
Members of the Hmong community came to the U.S. as refugees after the Vietnam War. Many settled in the Central Valley, where they've struggled at times to fit in.
But they're now celebrating a big step into the melting pot of American culture. Alice Daniel from the California Report reports on a lawyer in Merced County, Paul Lo, who has become the nation's first Hmong judge.