Sen. Hawj welcomes “Nkauj Hmoob Lucy”
ST. PAUL, Minn – Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) was proud to unveil the “Nkauj Hmoob Lucy” Peanuts character this week at the Community School of Excellence in St. Paul as part of a gift exchange between the sister cities of St. Paul, MN and Changsha, China. The two cities’ relationship was established in 1988.
“This is more evidence of the Hmong people being rooted into the heritage of Saint Paul and the cultural fabric of Minnesota,” said Sen. Hawj in reference to the Hmong-influenced Lucy. Nkauj Hmong Lucy will be shipped together with Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, and Snoopy’s house to be set in a heavily visited park in Changsha.
“These statues will bring happiness and enjoyment to the family and children of Changsha, and Lucy will be the one to tell our Hmong story of diaspora,” added Sen. Hawj. “She is like our daughter going home after so many adventures.”
In exchange for the Peanuts statues, Saint Paul will be receiving a replica of the famous Qing dynasty pavilion to be placed at Phalen Park where the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society is working on creating the first Chinese garden in the United States using Changsha-style architecture. The friendship garden initiative received support from the City of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, and the Saint Paul District 5 Planning Council.