International Conference on Hmong Studies

After consulting with Concordia University administrators and with hesitation, we have decided to postpone the 8th International Conference on Hmong Studies until further notice.

Since we will have people traveling to the conference from throughout the world, it would be best to be proactive versus reactive in this atmosphere of fear regarding the Corona Virus. We have also seen a reduction in the number of people registering for the conference thus far.

We apologize for this inconvenience, especially for those who have already made your travel plans. If you registered for the conference already, we will work with the finance office to refund your registration fee or we can hold on to it until we reschedule the conference. Just let me know how you want to handle it.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know at

Thank you for your interest in the 8th International Conference on Hmong Studies. I hope you are excited about the conference as we are.  Over 30 abstracts was submitted.  Topics for the presentation will be posted soon. Please check back often.  In the mean time, the registration link in now open.  You can register by clicking on the link below. Remember, registration is on a first come first serve basis as registration is limited to the first 500 individuals.

Draft Abstracts: Abstracts Proposal – 2-12-20 version

Below is the draft schedule for the conference:

Eighth International Conference on Hmong Studies
April 17th – 19th, 2020
Concordia University, St. Paul

April 16th, 2020

Arrival of Guests

April 17th, 2020

Noon – 8 pm Early Registration
5 pm – 7 pm Community Reception
7 pm – 9 pm Screening of Films

April 18th, 2020

7 am – 8 am Registration
Continental Breakfast
8 am – 9 am Plenary Session I
9 am – 10 am Session I
10 am – 11 am Session 2
11:30 am 12:30 pm Lunch Session
1 pm – 2 pm Session 3
2 pm – 3 pm Session 4
3 pm – 4 pm Final Plenary Session

April 19th, 2020

Tour of community establishments
• Hmongtown Market Place
• Hmong Village
• Others business and educational establishments

Conference Conclusion – Guests Depart


Call for Abstracts and Presentations is now closed.

Call for Abstracts/Presentations  — 

What:                   The 8th International Conference on Hmong Studies
When:                  Friday, 17 April 2020 – Sunday, 19 April 2020
Where:                Concordia University, St. Paul
                               1282 Concordia Avenue
                               St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

The Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University-St. Paul is pleased to announce its 8th International Conference on Hmong Studies. The purpose of this conference is to provide opportunities for emerging and established Hmong and non-Hmong scholars to share their research on Hmong/Miao related topics, to inspire and motivate students to engage in scholarly research, and to recognize distinguished scholars for their work in the field of Hmong/Miao Studies.

Call for Abstracts/Presentations

The 8th International Conference on Hmong Studies is seeking abstracts and presentation proposals.
For individual papers, please provide the title, a 250-word abstract, name and affiliation, contact information, and a one-page curriculum vitae or brief biography. Individual presentations should run no longer than 60 minutes and should include 15 minutes for questions and discussions.
Organized panels should consist of three to four panelists and one moderator. Please provide a title, brief description of the panel, 250-word abstracts for each paper, and the names and institutional affiliations of all participants. Each panel is allotted 60 minutes, inclusive of open forum.
Please submit individual papers and panel proposals to The deadline for submission of Abstract Proposal is December 30th, 2019. Complete papers are due by March 1, 2020. Selected papers may be considered for publication in an edited volume by the Center for Hmong Studies.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

• Acculturation & Adaptation
• Art, Music & Media
• Business & Economic Development
• Culture & Society
• Language, Linguistics & Literature
• Current Hmong Issues
• Diaspora Community
• Education
• Families & Children
• Gender Relations
• Health & Wellness
• Hmong in China, Thailand, Laos, France, etc.
• Hmong History
• Hmong Identity
• Leadership
• Politics
• Religious Beliefs & Practices
• Urbanization
• Youth

All tracks will be presented in English unless noted. When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether your presentation will be in Hmong, English or other languages. Proposals should be submitted to

Please direct questions concerning this Call for Papers or the conference to:

Lee Pao Xiong
Director of the Center for Hmong Studies
Concordia University, St. Paul
1282 Concordia Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Phone: 651-641-870