The 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies drew more than 300 attendants

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(SHB) — The 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies was held on March 22, 2014 at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Lee Pao Xiong, chair of the 5th International Conference on Hmong studies, said that more than 300 people, mostly Hmong, in higher education attended the conference.

“The major difference this year is that there is no evening banquet compared to prior years…” said Lee Pao Xiong.

SeeXeng Lee, a Hmong Artist, said that events like this is very important to the younger generation to attend, so they can learn about Hmong history from scholars who took their time to do research on many topics. “I wanted to go to all the sessions because all of them are so important, but I couldn’t,” said See Xeng Lee.

Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, Associate Professor from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, said that events such as this one, is really important. “I am so happy to see many people attend this event… mostly the younger generation… I think by being educated and doing research are very important to keep our culture for the future… if we do not do research and have written documentation, someone else could write them or maybe no one will write them… so when the elders pass away, there is nothing left for the younger generation to learn from… that’s why I dedicated my life doing research to preserve the Hmong culture…” said Dr. Chia Youyee Vang.

Dr. Shoua Yang, Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Cloud University, said that the event is very important to not only the younger generation but every one of all ages.