Pheng Yang stands in a kitchen, mixing ingredients in a large bowl. He wears a blue collared shirt. Two women, laughing, and one man are next to him.

Pheng Yang, second from right, and other Hmong volunteers laugh as they make eggrolls for a fundraising event in Manchester in April 2023. “We’re all family even if you’re not related,” Yang said of the Connecticut Hmong culture. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror