Who We Serve

Who We Serve

The Center for Hmong Studies is here for Hmong and non-Hmong alike interested in the field of Hmong Studies.

We have served students, teachers, business people, institutions and members of the community at large in our programming and lecture series.  Since January of 2006, over two thousand individuals have visited the Center for Hmong Studies.  We have had the pleasure of receiving visitors from Germany, China, Japan, Australia and throughout the United States.

Reflections from individuals who have worked with the Center for Hmong Studies, attended our events or visited?

?I am very pleased to have been member of the Advisory Board and involved in many of the Center?s activities, such as public lecture and the First International Conference on Hmong Studies. For me, the Center for Hmong Studies represents the transition of the Hmong from pre-literacy to literacy. It is a center for students and scholars to do research and expand the knowledge base of the Hmong and their experience. It provides a forum for intellectual discussion and dialogue. It houses literature related to the field of Hmong studies and serves as an institute where knowledge about the Hmong can be learned, examined, explored and disseminated.  The CHS is the first step toward the future and more programs. As Confucius said, ?A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.?

Kou Yang, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
California State University, Stanislaus

?When I first learned that the Center for Hmong Studies was to be created, I was very excited because I have dreamed for a long time to see such a center established in the Twin Cities which have become a new home for tens of thousands Hmong refugees from Laos.  I believe, indeed, that the Center for Hmong Studies will contribute to keep our Hmong cultural heritage alive in this land of freedom and hospitality.?

Dr. Yang Dao
Lecturer
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

From ?The Center for Hmong Studies:  A Treasure of Resources?

Having a Center focused on academics and research on the Hmong is a great idea! It makes perfect sense to have a center based in the Twin Cities, which harbors the largest number of Hmong living in the U.S. Having such a center can only help to instill interest in both Hmong and non-Hmong students about the Hmong, The last time I attended an event there, I was excited to see so many students come out for a lecture! I’m glad that we have a place where we can study about our own culture and history!?

Lucie Passus, Communications
Saint Paul, Minnesota

?The Hmong Center is a conscientious, intentional purposeful place to memorialize our collective history as we formulate who we are in relation to each other and respective adopted countries.  I have attended the community Open House, Dr. Yang Tinghsua?s lecture, Dr. Gary Yia Lee?s discussion of the contemporary Hmong identity and various other programs of the Hmong Center.  It warms the heart and reassures the mind that we are making great progress as a Hmong people.?

Der Yang, Esquire
Saint Paul, Minnesota

?I went to the Professor from China?s lecture with my older sister.  I didn?t think it would be interesting.  I went because she wanted me to hear the first lecture of my life on Hmong people.  I sat there and I saw the professor, so authentically Chinese and Hmong, and I knew how lucky I was.  It is so cool that there is a place that would bring a professor all the way from China to come and speak on Hmong.  It?s who I am.  It is the first time I heard my people spoken of in such a way.?

Xue L. Yang, Student
Andover, Minnesota

?I like the idea of a place that will bring Hmong people from all around the world together to think on who we are.  In the work that I do, more people usually means more work:  more work means that things are getting done, or at the very least:  some formal recognition of attention to the issues at hand.  This is exciting.  A place that will call work to be done.?

Meng Vang, Mental Health Therapist
Saint Paul, Minnesota

?This Center for Hmong Studies is only as good as we make it!  What I mean is that we need to utilize it, be involved in it, and support it both financially and emotionally. We cannot and should not just raise money to erect it and fill it with books, pictures and documents to enrich our lives and the lives of others?if done right, the Center can prove to be a very important focal point for all Hmong throughout the world to connect and enrich each other?s lives.  It is unlimited what we can share.  We can share music, history, words of compassions and hope; we can share knowledge to help Hmong farmers in China, Laos, and Thailand to increase the yield per hectare of land they are farming.  Thereby increasing the amount of food they can put on their tables and possibly surplus that can be sold in new markets to bring them some much needed cash flow.  This cash flow will than provide medicine, clothing, shoes, education, and other necessities for their families.  These are the tangibles that we can measure.?

General Vang Pao
Translated Speech from June 28, 2005
Statement for Concordia University?St. Paul?s Center for Hmong Studies Open House