Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Had it not been for his picture in my senior yearbook, I would have no knowledge that this guy ever existed. Who is he? Where did he come from?

It seems like every predominantly white small town high school has a "token Asian" (is that politically incorrect?) in their class. I guess May was ours.

I know nothing about him. I have no memories of him. I don't think he joined us until our senior year. I know I never had him in any classes. Since our homerooms were alphabetical, perhaps Erin Hynek remembers him. Maybe Ross Hofmann remembers him too. Ross? Ross? Nevermind.

It looks like May's full name is Maymee Som Her. He may have married someone named Blong or Doua. I've never met any Blongs or Douas. So I don't know what gender those names would be associated with. Anyway, it looks like May now lives in Wausau, and has for many years.

UPDATE - 3/1/06 - Boy, did I screw up. I must have been picturing someone else. The "Som" threw me. May was not a boy. She was (and presumably still is) a girl. In fact, I remember her quite well. She was actually part of the class of 1988. She must not have had enough credits however, as she technically graduated with us. I had May in speech class, junior year. I think I had her in a few other classes as well. She was quiet and shy, somewhat meek. But she seemed nice.


At Tue Feb 28, 09:24:00 AM PST, Blogger mimikatemom said...

Hmmm. My yearbooks are buried in the basement and I've been trying to get down there to look through them. I don't recall May but I was always running late (even though I lived 2 blocks from school; maybe that's one reason I don't remember. I don't even remember who I had for homeroom. I do manage to remember where my lockers were.
I assume she was one of the Hmong immigrants that had just begun to arrive in the area. I did get to meet Bee Lee Xiong when I was a sophomore and he was a junior or senior I think. Maybe he graduated with the class of 87. He was a really neat kid...he told amazing stories of walking at night with his large family to get to Thailand and eventually here to freedom. I hope I remember that right...Wendy Kappelmann's sister Jody dated him for a while.

At Tue Feb 28, 12:53:00 PM PST, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

Bee had a little sister named Tsou with whom I was totally smitten. Class of 88 I think.

She also made occasional allusions to her family's origins. I was most touched by the fact that she was not entirely certain where -- or even when -- she was born. She said she may have in fact been over 20, but no one knew for sure.

Things like that change your perspective.

At Tue Feb 28, 01:05:00 PM PST, Blogger mimikatemom said...

You're right Greg...Bee said the same thing about his age and come to think of it he had an old ID that made him old enough to buy beer! I completely forgot about that. I don't remember her but he had a ton of younger siblings.


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