Country Music Was the Soundtrack of My Hmong Upbringing

For a refugee family in St. Paul, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tanya Tucker provided a window to a different, more Americanized world

Billy Ray Cyrus performing at Fan Fair in Nashville, TN in 1992. Photo: Laura Levine/Getty Images

At the factory, they listen to country music radio stations all night long. It’s what the white people play.

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