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Hmong Heritage Month continues with alumni panel, documentary

April 4, 2013

HmongHeritageMonth2013EAU CLAIRE — A month of events promoting appreciation for and education about Hmong culture and history is planned during April at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The second annual Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month will run from April 2-30. The following are events for the second week of April:

  • Alumni panel: April 8, 12-1 p.m., Ho-Chunk Room 320E, Davies Center Students are encouraged to listen to UW-Eau Claire Hmong alumni speak about their experiences post-graduation.
  • "Precious Knowledge" documentary screening: April 10, 6-8 p.m., Phillips Hall Room 119 — The documentary explores the fight for keeping an ethnic studies program at Tucson High School in Arizona.

A complete calendar of Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events is available on the event website.

Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month was established in 2012 by UW-Eau Claire student Mai Neng Vang, a senior psychology major form Eau Claire, with support from the university's Dean of Students Office. A committee of students and staff members from across campus (including Housing and Residence Life, Affirmative Action, Admissions and the Office of Multicultural Affairs) coordinates events for Hmong Heritage Month.

The Hmong Heritage Month website includes the following mission statement: "The Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month (HHM) was established to promote an appreciation for and education of the complexities of Hmong culture and history among members of the UW-Eau Claire campus and the Eau Claire community. The events are meant to be impactful and informative experiences for university students, staff/faculty, and community members; it is the hope of the committee that HHM will inspire conversations about current issues in the Hmong community as well as foster critical thinking about the challenges that the Hmong community continues to face in America."

For more information about Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month, contact Mai Neng Vang at vangmn@uwec.edu.

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