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Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events for April 28-30

April 22, 2013

EAU 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 April 2-30. The following are events for the final week of April:

  • Hmong's Got Talent: April 28, 6-9 p.m., Schofield Auditorium — Students and community members will showcase a variety of talents, from visual art to dance and musical talents.
  • Presentation by Dr. Chia Youyee Vang: April 29, 6-8 p.m., Schneider Hall Room 100 — Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, associate professor of history and founder and creator of the Hmong Diaspora studies certificate program at UW-Milwaukee, will present her work regarding the Hmong Diaspora. Vang's lecture will provide a learning opportunity for professionals to learn more about the history of the Hmong population in the Midwest and subsequently gain a deeper understanding of the Hmong student population.
  • Longfellow Elementary open house: April 30, 6-8 p.m., Longfellow Elementary Library — Longfellow Elementary School will host an open house to showcase the school's library display of a community project concerning a Hmong hut and mural.

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 Housing and Residence Life, Affirmative Action, Admissions, the Dean of Students Office 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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