Connecting students, academia, and community: Hmong Voices Series as a place of dialogue

Dr. Kao-Ly Yang, Coordinator of the Hmong Studies Program

The positive reception and high attendance attested to the urgency and relevance of the series. In the past, the Hmong community had felt disarray, confusion, and powerlessness during hard times. The series then served as a neutral place for discussion and dialogue for a better understanding of relevant issues where different perspectives can contribute to the well-being of the students and the community.

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‘The Hmong and the Secret War’ screened on campus

"The Hmong and the Secret War"

The Hmong program and the Hmong Language Club will host a screening of the PBS documentary “The Hmong and The Secret War” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in McLane 161. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Lar Yang.

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Hmong American author Moua shares her bride price story

Author Mai Neng Moua will discuss her book "The Bride Price"

Pioneering author and editor Mai Neng Moua will read from her new nonfiction book “The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story” at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Fresno State. The evening, hosted by the Hmong American Writers’ Circle and the Fresno State Hmong minor option, will feature a reading by the author and a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Kao-ly Yang, followed by a reception and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Hmong Language Association offers workshop

The Hmong Language Association will offer a  one-day workshop – “Sharing Experiences of Teaching and Knowledge of the Hmong Language and Culture.”  The free workshop will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, in McLane Room 161. “We wish to bring more knowledge and skills in the teaching of Hmong language, culture, literature, […]

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Soul Vang Scholarship and Hmong minor forge connections with community

  A new Hmong minor and the establishment of a new scholarship will allow Fresno State “to connect more closely with our Hmong neighbors in this community and beyond,” President Joseph I. Castro said last night at a celebration attended by more than 200 people. The event was held in honor of the Soul Vang Scholarship, […]

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Alumnus Soul Vang creates endowed scholarship, poetry prize

~ By Jefferson Beavers, reprinted from Fresno State celebrated trailblazing Hmong-American alumnus Soul Vang ( for creating an endowed scholarship and annual poetry prize aimed at encouraging students to pursue their passion for writing about the Asian-American experience. Vang, a poet and educator who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and a […]

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More than 100 students enroll in new Hmong minor

~ By Lisa Maria Boyles For the first time, students at Fresno State can earn a minor in Hmong language studies through the Linguistics Department in the College of Arts and Humanities. Over 100 students are enrolled in Hmong minor courses for fall 2016. Fresno has the second-largest Hmong population in the United States. More […]

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