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Culture Core event to discuss impacts of cultural assimilation


“Siv Peb Lub Suab: Deconstructing the Dominant Narrative” is the theme of the 27th annual Culture Core event from noon-6 p.m. April 15 in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The event is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Hmong Student Association and is free and open to the public.

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Culture Core will include a keynote speaker and workshop sessions that discuss how Hmong people and other marginalized communities in the United States face and give in to the pressures to assimilate into U.S. society while striving to maintain important aspects of their own cultural and traditional meanings, values and systems.

Chong Moua, a speaker and facilitator from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, will be the Culture Core keynote speaker. Moua is the founder of Faded Productions, a producer of social events and entertainment designed to bring communities together. Faded Productions prioritizes opportunities to and for queer people of color through employment, marketing, promotions and partnerships with the purpose of advancing economic justice for marginalized communities.

“Our mainstream society emphasizes only to assimilate,” said Jackson Yang, Hmong Student Association vice president. “Culture Core provides an opportunity for discussion about how students of color in a predominantly white institution can validate themselves and question the many things taught and learned through white institutions.”

The event also will feature entertainment from 5-6 p.m. by students from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, Carleton College and the University of Minnesota. Snacks will be available.

Those planning to attend Culture Core are asked to complete the online RSVP form.

For more information about Culture Core, contact Jackson Yang, UW-Eau Claire Hmong Student Association vice president, at yangjack@uwec.edu.


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