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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Annual Hmong Conference Slated for April 9-12
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MAILED: March 21, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - The third annual Hmong National Conference will be held April 9-12 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Eau Claire.

The conference is titled "Together: Reflecting the Past, Living the Present, and Preparing for Future Challenges."

The annual conference is sponsored by Hmong National Development Inc., a non-profit agency based in Washington, D.C. The agency works with Hmong communities and public and private agencies across the United States to promote employment and education opportunities, economic and resource development, and culture adaptability vital for the well being, growth and full participation of Hmong in American society.

Participants can begin registering for the conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. The conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, and end at noon Saturday, April 12. Exhibits, career day, a college fair, presentations by featured speakers, and concurrent workshop sessions will be featured Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.

Featured speakers include Nha Long Yang, a youth director from the Denver Hmong District to the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Brighton, Colo.; Paoze Thao, an assistant professor for the Center for Collaborative Education and Professional Studies at California State University-Monterey Bay; Lue Vang, refugee/immigrant transition resource assistant manager for the Southeast Asia Community Resource Center at Folsom Cordova Unified School District in Folsum, Calif.; Phoua Xiong, a family general practitioner in her first year residency at Bethesda/University of Minnesota Family Practice Residency; and Houa Vue Moua, a bilingual/bicultural interpreter with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and author of "Trail Through the Mists."

A banquet, at which HND will honor outstanding individuals and organizations who promote, advocate and create a better environment for Hmong communities, will be held Friday, April 11. Entertainment at the banquet will feature Tou Ger Xiong, the first Hmong comedian, actor and rap singer, and music by Classic Band.

The conference cost is $150 for general admission or $50 for full-time students for the full conference; $90 for general admission or $30 for full-time students for one day of the conference; or $175 for general admission and $75 for full-time students for the full conference if registering after April 1. The banquet costs an additional $25.

To register, contact the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Arts and Sciences Continuing Education at (715) 836-2031. Call Pang Cher Vue, director of Hmong Education Programs at UW-Eau Claire, (715) 836-2031, with questions.

The HND moves the conference to a new site each year. Organizers said they are bringing it to Eau Claire in an effort to include more educators, scholars, bilingual Hmong staff, service providers, university Hmong students, Hmong community members and other interested people who live in the Midwest.

The goals of the conference include promoting education, building links among Hmong and non-Hmong, promoting self-sufficiency and economic development, assisting service providers in developing effective programs for serving Hmong, promoting and preserving Hmong culture, increasing opportunities for development and community strengthening, bridging the gap between Hmong high school and college students and professionals, and providing a forum for Hmong and non-Hmong to discuss issues.

Among the highlights of the 1997 conference will be discussion of immigration and welfare reform and its implications for Hmong; Wisconsin Works and its implications for the Hmong in Wisconsin; the changing roles of Hmong men and women; health and mental health issues; citizenship; Hmong identity in the United States; cultural adaptation of the Hmong; economic development; family strengthening; family violence; transitioning students into higher education and work; conflict resolution; and bi-cultural parent education curriculum.

The HND's 1995 conference in Minnesota attracted more than 400 people, and the 1996 conference in California brought more than 500 people together.

Conference sponsors include UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education; UW-Eau Claire's Hmong Student Association; UW-Madison's Asian American Studies Program; HND; UW-Extension; Hmong American Women Association; Hmong Mutual Assistance Association of Sheboygan; Hope Hmong Women's Committee; UW-Milwaukee's Hmong Student Association; Comprehensive Regional Assistance Center at UW-Madison; Wausau Area Hmong Mutual assistance Association; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; and State Refugee Services, Department of Workforce Development.

For more information, call the Hmong National Development offices at (202) 463-2118 or Mai Zong Vue at (608) 242-1694.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 7, 1997