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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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12th Annual Hmong Fellowship Dinner
Set for May 17
MAILED: May 14, 2001

        EAU CLAIRE—The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association will sponsor the 12th annual Hmong Community Fellowship Dinner Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
        The purpose of the event is for Hmong and Westerners to exchange cultural and social experiences and build stronger relationships within the community. Representatives from both the public and private sectors of the community have been invited, including key Hmong community members.
        Singing and traditional Hmong dancing will accompany the dinner, which will feature both Hmong and western foods.
        "We talk about embracing diversity every day in our work and community," said Charles Vue, Hmong/Southeast Asian program coordinator and chair of the fellowship dinner committee. "I personally feel that one way to approach this challenge is to start with things that people have in common. Food is one of those things. Eating traditional foods with an ethnic group can be the first step toward learning about that culture."
        Keynote speaker General Vang Pao, who now lives in California, will be speaking on the topic of fellowship. Pao was the person originally responsible for bringing the Hmong and the United States government together in Laos.
        "With his leadership in the past and the current support of the citizens of the United States, the Hmong are able to be where they are today," Vue said.
        The dinner is free and open to the public but advance reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, contact Vue at (715) 836-3367 or call the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association at (715) 832-8420.
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Updated: May 14, 2001