Saint Paul, Minn. – The Center for Hmong Studies is holding its Fourth International Conference on Hmong Studies at Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota from March 30-31, 2012.
Conference presenters will include local, national and international scholars. The ideas and research presented at the conference will cover current conditions and forthcoming challenges that question and answer who we are as a people and where we will be in this global economy. Conference participants will have the opportunity to network with researchers, professionals and students from around the region, Thailand, Laos and China.
Topics will include, but not limited to:
• Transnational Marriage between Hmong-Americans and Hmong-Lao
• Big Ideas and Small Steps: Lessons from a Hmong Empowerment Organization in Sapa, Viet Nam
• Navigating Multiple Worlds: A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experiences of Nine Hmong American Women Leaders.
The Center for Hmong Studies will also hold a banquet at the Crown Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel. The program will feature panel speakers at the national and local level responsible for the Hmong refugee resettlement in the early 1980’s.
Panel members include individuals such as Kathleen Vallenga, whose church sponsored the first Hmong family to Minnesota; Jane Kretzman, who served as the state refugee coordinator for the State of Minnesota during the 1980s; Jim Anderson, who worked for a resettlement agency in Thailand; and Tong Vang, one of the first Hmong to arrive in Minnesota. Additionally, 2007 World Series of Poker champion, Jerry Yang, and Chinese/Hmong singer, Ling Lee, will entertain the banquet attendees.
The Fourth International Conference is open to the public. Tickets for the conference as well as the banquet may be purchased online at www.csp.edu/hmongcenter.
The mission of the Center for Hmong Studies is to promote the educational and cultural advancement of the Hmong community across the world. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for emerging and established scholars to share their research on Hmong related topics, to inspire and motivate students to engage in scholarly research, to recognize distinguished scholars for their work in the field of Hmong Studies and to facilitate application of research into practical uses in business and organizations.