BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Hmong in Butte County are launching a new movement to count them in during next year's census, part of the nationwide fight for equal representation.
Hmong Cultural Center Director Seng Yang estimates that in 2018 seven to nine thousand lived in Butte County, with a big concentration in Oroville.
The exact figure remains and has always remained unclear. The Hmong, historically underrepresented in the country, sought refuge after serving alongside Americans in the Vietnam War.
"I'd like to have resources to support this community as well," said Yang.
The appetite for change is stronger now and the center is working on a grassroots campaign to be counted in the 2020 census, hoping to unlock critical resources to tackle issues from mental health to drug abuse.
The minority, hoping to be heard by the majority, by the time it comes to check that little blue box.
The Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County says they have until January to campaign their case to be counted on the census next year.