ST. PAUL — Hmong College Prep Academy (HCPA, formerly Hmong Academy), a St. Paul-based K-12 charter school that provides Twin City students with a rigorous college prep curriculum, recently held their 8th annual World Culture Day.
“World Culture Day is always a special time at Hmong College Prep Academy,” stated Superintendent Dr. Christianna Hang. “From the Kindergarteners singing Korean, Japanese and Chinese songs to our seniors demonstrating martial arts and break dancing, everyone gets involved.”
Dr. Hang added, “At HCPA, we feel that it is important to know your own culture but also experience others. This helps our students gain a global perspective as to how they fit in the world.”
World Culture Day is a morning-long celebration of culture through traditional music, dance and food. The Celebration also featured a performance from the HCPA Choir and a fashion show–which took on a different look than in previous years.
“In past World Culture Days, participants wore clothing that represented their individual cultures,” stated Sadie Yang, HCPA Receptionist and Fashion Show Director. “This year, I asked the students if they would like to wear traditional dress, along with an outfit or two that reflects their current personality. ‘Yes’ was their resounding response. They were very excited to show a piece that personified who they’ve become.”
Hmong College Prep Academy is located at 1515 Brewster Street in St. Paul, just southeast of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. HCPA provides free tuition, breakfast, lunch and bus transportation for all students. For more information or directions, interested parents and students can call 651-209-8002 or online at www.hmongacademy.org. The school is currently enrolling in grades K-12.