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Chue Vang sits in his Maplewood, Minn. home Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Vang's brother died in 2006 because of an error an area hospital made in his diagnosis, and Vang used some of the settlement money to start the Hmong American Education Fund. Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

From chaos to college

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When Chue Vang's family fled war-torn Laos four decades ago, at four he was too young to capture a lasting impression of their frantic journey.

Though his memories of his family's life in Laos are blurry, he can recall riding on his mother's back and the pulsing sound of helicopter blades above.

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