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Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month to kick off April 2

March 28, 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 from April 2-30. The following are events during the first week of April:

  • Presentation on issues faced by Hmong Americans in K-12 public schools: April 2, 6-8 p.m., Ojibwe Room 330, Davies Center Yang Sao Xiong, a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, has researched racial and linguistic inequalities in public schools. He will discuss recent trends in Hmong Americans' school attendance and educational attainment as well as institutional challenges that Hmong American students continue to face in K-12 public schools.

  • Hmong Luncheon: April 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ojibwe Room 330, Davies Center — A buffet-style meal prepared by UW-Eau Claire students and staff will be served. The cost for the meal is $10 per person.

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 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



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