Last April, English writing master's alumna Jamie Vue, '14, was awarded the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award by the UW-Eau Claire Graduate Studies Program.
As the daughter of Hmong refugees displaced by the Vietnam War, Jamie Vue revisited her birthplace, Detroit, to recover the past in efforts to heal a broken family. She traveled to Laos and Thailand, and gathered stories and memories to weave back together the history of her family.
Former director of graduate studies in English, Audrey Fessler, described the work in this way:
"Jamie Vue's extraordinary memoir 'Mountain Dreams' demonstrates her deep belief in the importance of her work and her voice, and in the value of sharing the wisdom that she has gleaned as a Hmong-American woman with a wide audience."
Vue's thesis adviser and assistant professor of creative writing B.J. Hollars said, "Jamie's tireless thesis work (including an international visit to the refugee camps where her parents met) reveals a dedication and relentlessness to craft that I've rarely seen. These are the kinds of projects that make writers. In addition, her work in the writing center and at the registrar, her success with NOTA, etc., make her a true Renaissance woman."