March 23, 2023

The University of Minnesota Duluth – Office of Cultural Diversity announces a week of events to acknowledge the Asian and Asian American students in the state’s second largest university. The events are sponsored by the UMD Asian Pacific American Association and Asian/Pacific American Student Program and will be held at campus locations at at 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. (www.d/“Empowered Asian American Women in Media,” a panel of three Asian American women, Panhia Yang, Boua Xiong and Julia Cheng who share insights of their careers in the media field, as well as the aspirations, struggles, and cultural influences affecting their path to their careers will take place on April 13th 7:00 p.m. in Montague 80. An open question-answer session will follow after the panelists share their background.

Guest speaker Son Duong, a former Vietnam soldier who fought in the Vietnam War, will share his experiences and accounts of the war in his presentation, “Memoirs of a Vietnam Soldier: Son Duong” on April 21, 6:00 p.m. in SCC 120. Duong is also the father of a current UMD student. He shares his experiences from the war and his journey and transition to America.

Kevin Xiong, executive director, Shades of Yellow, will discuss “LGBTQ Roles within the Hmong Life Cycle: Accepted?” on April 27, 6:00 p.m. in SCC 120. SOY is a non-profit Hmong LGBTQ organization that  provides support, education and advocacy to Hmong LGBTQ and allies. SOY is the first Hmong LGBTQ organization in the world.

The UMD Asian Culture Show, “Asianology: Exploring the Cultures of Asia” will be held Saturday, May 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at UMD Kirby Ballroom.

Join the UMD Asian students for a night of delicious ethnic cuisine and cultural performances. The cost is $10 for students and general public, $6 for children ages 6-10, and free for children under age of 5. For more information, please contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward at 726-8444 or  [email protected].

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