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Caroline Polly (Hmong American, Macomb County)

Caroline Vang-Polly immigrated to Detroit from Paris, France, at age five. She attended Warren Woods Tower High School and graduated from Walsh College with a BBA in Marketing. Passionate about food innovation, diversity, and social justice, her calling to help run the family food business led her to cofound Thai Feast LLC in 2011 with her mother, Chef Genevieve Vang. Thai Feast frozen gluten-free meals developed as a response to her family’s desperation to remain in the United States after the government wanted to deport Caroline and her family back to France due to paperwork errors.

Caroline loves photography and educating people about the Hmong culture. She curated the sold-out Hmong Cultural Journey presentation this past Friday at the DIA in partnership with the DIA’s auxiliary group, Friends of Asian Arts & Cultures.

These days, Caroline is busy raising her family, fulfilling Thai Feast seasoning mixes and spices for Meijer, and serving as a board member for the Michigan Hmong Women’s Association and Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.