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Hmong culture expert to speak on relationships between home and school

RELEASED: March 3, 2010

Dr. Yer J. Thao
Dr. Yer J. Thao

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Yer J. Thao of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University will conduct a workshop and speak about Hmong culture in late March at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Thao will conduct a workshop on race, culture, Hmong oral tradition and home-school relationships within Hmong-American communities from 9 a.m-1 p.m. March 19 in Old Library Room 2150 and McIntyre Library Room 2023. Thao also will give a presentation from 4-8 p.m. March 20 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center as part of the Hmong Student Association's Culture Fest.

Thao's book, "Mong Oral Tradition: Culture Memory of Absence of Written Language," is a landmark text in the field of Hmong studies and is highly regarded within Hmong-American and Asian-American education. Thao's expertise in Hmong oral tradition, culture and U.S. education will provide faculty and students with a unique opportunity for discussion and professional development.

Thao has been with the department of curriculum and instruction of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University since fall 2002. He teaches multicultural, cross-cultural and bilingual education, as well as current issues in education and society. Thao's interests include ethnic identity, bilingual and multicultural teacher training, linguistic diversity and oral tradition. He is the youngest in a family of 11 from Laos.

Space is limited for the workshop. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register prior to the event by contacting Dr. Christin DePouw, assistant professor of education studies, at 715-836-5587 or depouwca@uwec.edu.

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