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Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events for the week of April 21

April 17, 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 runs through April 30. The following are events for the fourth week of April (all are open to the public unless otherwise indicated):

  • Spring Diversity Conference: April 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Woodland Theater, Davies Center — The theme of the conference is "We Don't Ever Talk about Race Together … Like Ever." The goal of the event is to give people tools to increase their awareness of race and racism through learning, break down boundaries through understanding, and engage through interacting. This event is open only to UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, and attendees must RSVP by completing the conference survey.
  • Student panel: April 22, 12-1 p.m., Menominee Room 320F, Davies Center — Current UW-Eau Claire Hmong students will speak about their experiences at the university.
  • Presentation by Xong Xiong, April 22, 7-9 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 100 — Xong Xiong will present on Hmong cultural practices. She will consider the role language plays in Hmong identity, how globalization affects indigenous people and what the Hmong culture needs to maintain to remain "Hmong."
  • "Voices of the Silenced: A Counternarrative Dialogue" documentary screening: April 24, 5-7 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 102 — Members of the Hmong community are faced with many challenges pertaining to their immigration to the United States. The culture is constantly changing and continues to evolve as each generation encounters different experiences negotiating their identity with local culture. "Voices of the Silenced," produced by UW-Eau Claire student Mai Neng Vang, a senior psychology major from Eau Claire, investigates the experiences of Hmong community members and highlights issues pertaining to the generational gap that exists within the Hmong community. The documentary also discusses the challenges and changes that different generations within the Hmong community experience.
  • Volleyball tournament: April 27, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., McPhee Center — The tournament is open to everyone. Drawing will start at 8:30 a.m. and the games will start at 9 a.m. Those who are not present for the drawing will be disqualified. Registration for men is $60. The prizes for the top three teams are $500, $250 and $100. Registration for women is $30, with the top three prizes being $100, $75 and $50. Prizes may change depending on turnout. To register a team, contact Khong Meng Her at herkm@uwec.edu or 715-523-2563. More information can be found on the tournament's Facebook page.

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 from Eau Claire, with support from the university's Dean of Students Office. A committee of students and staff members from across campus (including the Dean of Students Office, 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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