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Visiting Hmong Scholar to Speak at UW-Eau Claire April 18

RELEASED: April 14, 2008

Dr. Shoua Yang
Dr. Shoua Yang

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Shoua Yang, a visiting minority scholar and assistant professor of political science at UW-Stevens Point, will present "A Residual Issue of the Cold War: The 8,000 Hmong-Lao in Thailand" April 18 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Yang's presentation will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.

Since 2003, human rights activists, tourists and journalists have estimated that 8,000 Hmong-Lao live in the Province of Phetchabun, Thailand. According to Vang, these Hmong-Lao people are the political victims of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, and they have been classified as illegal immigrants.

Yang has researched this issue extensively and will explain the Hmong-Lao migration while discussing Cold War competition, the Lao Communist policy of retribution, the Hmong-Lao American political fallacy, regional political issues in mainland Southeast Asia after 1975 and the economic Buddhist monk policy of drug rehabilitation at Wat Thamkrabo.

Yang, who earned his doctorate from Northern Illinois University, specializes in comparative public administration and policy, environmental policy, Southeast Asia, minority politics and comparative politics in Southeast Asia.

Yang's visit will be sponsored by the Visiting Minority Scholars Grant Program through the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor at UW-Eau Claire.

For more information, contact Karen Pope at popekj@uwec.edu or 715-529-0272. Faculty who want Yang to visit a class on Friday or meet individually or in small groups also should contact Pope.

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