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Bo Thao-Urabe, Kabzuag Vaj, and KaYing Yang didn't meet until they were in the United States, but the three Hmong-American women are changing lives in the Southeast Asian communities their families came from. In this profile, the three women tell NBC Asian America about how they came to the United States, met each other, and decided to give back.

"Self-Starters," a five-episode series from NBC Asian America, explores the stories of entrepreneurs whose unique stories include one common thread: the pursuit of the American dream.

Episodes of "Self-Starters" can be watched on NBCAsianAmerica.com, NBC Asian America's Facebook page, NBC News' official YouTube channel, and the NBC News app available on mobile devices, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

"Self-Starters" is part of "NBC Asian America Presents...," a new video channel that will feature documentaries centered around themes and voices found in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.


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