Events Archive

Reading Group Discussion “Critical Race Theory, with a focus on Asian Americans”
WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2012pm
WHERE: 340 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Lynet Uttal,

We will read this new reading - Rosemary B. Closson. 2010. Critical Race Theory and Adult Education. Adult Education Quarterly 60(3): 261-283 - as well as review one of the other readings we had last time because we didn’t talk very much about it.

Robert T. Teranishi, Laurie B. Behringer, Emily A. Grey, Tara L. Parker. 2009. Critical Race Theory and Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education. New Directions for Institutional Research 142:57-68. DOI: 10.1002/ir.296. [filename: Critical Race Theory and Asian Americans]

Building Community Around Identity and Knowledge: A Community Networking and Story Telling Dinner
WHEN: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: 206 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Lynet Uttal, or AASU at
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program and the Asian American Student Union

AASU and the Asian American Studies Program would like to invite you to join us for our annual story telling event, revolving around identity and knowledge development, sharing stories and experiences, and creating new relationships with Asian American students, professors, faculty, staff, and allies of Asian Americans.

Conversation with Nou Lorbliayao: Hmong Women and Girls in Laos and America
WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7-9pm
WHERE: 206 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Mai Zong Vue at, Ian Baird at or Lynet Uttal,
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program, Center for Southeast Asian/Hmong Consortium, Hmong American Student Association and Madison Hmong Community

This is a meet and greet opportunity with Nou from the Vivncaus program in Vientiane, Laos. Nou will give an overview of the Vivncaus program, its current program activities, and discuss how their work impact Hmong American issues, including family, social, financial and educational issues.

Reading Group Discussion “Critical Race Theory, with a focus on Asian Americans”
WHEN: Friday, October 19, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: 340 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Lynet Uttal,


Robert T. Teranishi, Laurie B. Behringer, Emily A. Grey, Tara L. Parker. 2009. Critical Race Theory and Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education. New Directions for Institutional Research 142:57-68. DOI: 10.1002/ir.296. [WHOLE ARTICLE]

Parker, Laurence, and Marvin Lynn. 2002. What’s Race Got to Do with It? Critical Race Theory’s Conflicts with and Connections to Qualitative Research Methodology and Epistemology.Qualitative Inquiry. 8, no. 1: 7-22. [EXCERPT]

Bernal, Dolores Delgado. 2002. Critical Race Theory, Latino Critical Theory, and Critical Raced-Gendered Epistemologies: Recognizing Students of Color as Holders and Creators of Knowledge.Qualitative Inquiry. 8, no. 1: 105-126. [EXCERPT]

Translating Empire: A Reading and Discussion with Asian American Poet Cathy Park Hong
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7pm
WHERE: 7191 H.C. White Hall
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Rebecca Steffy Couch: or Tim Yu at
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the FELIX reading series

Cathy Park Hong’s poetry takes an Asian American perspective on issues of language, history, and globalization. Her three published books frequently focus on the problems of linguistic and cultural translation confronted by second-generation Asian Americans. Her first book, Translating Mo’um, shows a young Korean American both embracing and refusing the role of interpreter for an older generation. Her widely praised second book, Dance Dance Revolution, explores the impact of diasporic history on Asian Americans, evoking a young Asian American historian who seeks to untangle the traumatic past of an older Korean immigrant woman. Her newest book, Engine Empire, juxtaposes evocations of globalization with poems of California in which her speaker is “just immigrant enough / to feel shame.”

Cathy Park Hong’s first book, Translating Mo’um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, will be published in May 2012 by WW Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, and other journals. She is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

Reflections on 25 Years of Working with Hmong, in the United States and Laos
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7pm
WHERE: 206 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, contact Ian Baird at
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Bob Anderson will share informally about his experiences and observations as someone who began working with Hmong in the United States when he volunteered for a project recruiting American Vietnam veterans to meet with a group of Hmong veterans in 1984. That first meeting unexpectedly led to many years of experiences with the Hmong in the U.S. and Laos. He became Director, Minnesota Programs, American Refugee Committee for 5 years, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hmong American Partnership for 3 years, Director of Cluster Schools and Community Development in the USAID CAPE Project in Cambodia for 2 years, has traveled and consulted widely in Southeast Asia, and since 1997 has been Director of Community Learning International, an NGO he founded to provide education projects in Laos, where he lives. Mr. Anderson will share an accumulation of stories that he has from his experiences.

Asian Am Studies Program Gathering and Awards
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2012
WHERE: 336 Ingraham
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program

Welcome back to a new school year! We would love to see you and spend some time together before everything gets crazy busy. Join us for dinner and socializing. We will also be presenting the Amy Ling Yellow Light Awards at this gathering. Come find out who the recipient is for the The Amy Ling Yellow Light Award for Integrity and the The Amy Ling Yellow Light Award for Scholarship and Creative Endeavors.

Come meet other students, staff and faculty who are involved with the Asian American Studies Program.

The 9th International Festival of Urban Movement: Breakin’ the Law Style Defined & Breakin’ Ground: Engaged Learning Across Borders of Health, Education & Hip-Hop
WHEN: Wednesday May 9-13, 2012
WHERE: See flyer for locations
CONTACT: For more information, contact Peggy Choy at
Sponsored by Asian American Student Union, Asian American Studies Program, Dance Departments, Department of Afro-American Studies, Filipino American Student Organization, MultiCultural Council, WUD Late Night Grant, Office of the Vice-Provost of Diversity and Climate, People Program, Wisconsin Experience Grant, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, WUD Performing Arts, WUD Music, and Red Bull Cipher

Please see flyer for full event information.

"Dr. Yang Dao’s Political Contribution to Laos and Hmong Resettlement in Foreign Countries, 1972-1976"
WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2012, 7 pm
WHERE: 19 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: For more information, contact Ian Baird at
Sponsored by Center for Southeast Asian Studies with support from the University Lecture Committee, Asian Am Studies Program and HASA

This talk is about Dr. Yang Dao’s personal experiences between the time he returned to Laos from studying in France in the early 1970s and when he went to France again as a political refugee in 1976. This talk will be towards the general Hmong student body and the community. This presentation is about the circumstances surrounding the Hmong exodus to Laos before eventually making it to the USA. He will be talking a lot about how the US government initially didn’t want the Hmong to come to the US, and he will explain his personal involvement in negotiating with US officials to allow Hmong to begin to go to the US. He was a key player in relation to the Hmong coming to the US. His story is key for Hmong America.

“How Did the Hmong People Get Involved in the Secret War of Laos (1961-1975)?”
WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2012, 12 noon-1:30pm
WHERE: 8417 Social Sciences
CONTACT: For more information, contact Ian Baird at
Sponsored by Center for Southeast Asian Studies with support from the University Lecture Committee, Asian Am Studies Program and HASA

Dr. Yang Dao’s talk will be about misconceptions about the Hmong and their situation in Laos prior to 1975.

“Asian American Heritage Week on the UW-Madison Campus”
WHEN: Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27, 2012
WHERE: Humanitites 3650
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Deborah Hwang at
Sponsored by the Asian American Student Union and the Asian American Studies Program

Please join the Asian American Student Union as we celebrate Asian American Heritage Week on the UW-Madison campus. We have worked hard to put together a full plate of events for you all to enjoy:

Monday, April 23rd
AASU Movie Night: Saving Face
Location: Education Building, L155
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm events/408763175808955

Tuesday, April 24th
How To Deal with Racism Workshop
Location: Education Building L185
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Wednesday, April 25th
Collaborative Dinner with Asian American Studies Program
Location: Ingraham Hall, Room 206
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
*reservation required: OHRDCatalogPortal/ Default.aspx?tabid=29&Cours eKey=38891

Thursday, April 26th
Angry Asian Man: Phil Yu Speaks about APIA Issues
Location: Social Science 6210
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Friday, April 27th
AASU and HASA Neng Yang Petition Signing

Location: Library Mall
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
Who is Neng Yang?

Location: Ingraham B10
- Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

“Teaching Forum: Discussing Discussions in the Classroom: Part 2”
WHEN: Monday, March 26, 2012
WHERE: 340 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Lynet Uttal at
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program

“Rise to Stardom”
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2012
WHERE: Humanitites 3650
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Hleechi Yang at
Sponsored by the Hmong American Student Association (HASA) and the Asian American Studies Program

For Hmong people, music is an important form of communication and is used as a method for courting, sharing experiences, and passing on Hmong oral history. Because Hmong people’s history is not written down, music is vital to preserve their traditions, stories, and their past. This concert of Hmong music will include an introduction and transitions between artists in English.

Join us this evening to learn about Hmong, an Asian American group in the Midwest. Wisconsin has the third largest Hmong population in the United States. Learn about the issues that many Hmong and Asian Americans face.

To learn more about Kong and Shu and Pagnia Xiong, check out these links:

“Teaching Forum: Discussing Discussions in the Classroom: Part 1”
WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2012
WHERE: 340 Ingraham
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Lynet Uttal at
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program

“One Base at a Time: Baseball and the Nikkei People” by Professor Samuel O. Regalado
WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 4 pm
WHERE: Pyle Center
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Nicole Huage at
Sponsored by UW-Madison’s Department of History, Asian American Studies Program and the Center for East Asian Studies

Prof. Regalado has given talks about Japanese Americans’ sports during incarceration in internment camps of World War II; the Latin identity in major league baseball; ethnicity, racism, and baseball; the Japanese American experience after World War II; and has publications such as “Incarcerated Sport: Nisei Women’s Softball and Athletics during the Japanese American Internment Period,” Journal of Sport History, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Fall 2000): 431-444; “Baseball’s Kakehashi: A Bridge of Understanding and the Nikkei,” International Journal of Sport History. and “Fighting for Lost Causes: Sport and Social Justice,” Journal of Sport History. He is a member of the North American Society for Sport History.

“Identity Development and the Educational Experiences of Hmong American Studies” by UW-Madison’s Visiting Assistant Professor, Ava Yang
WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:00-7:00pm
WHERE: UW Space Place – 2300 S. Park Street in the Villager Mall
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Ava Yang at
Hosted by: Madison College’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations (DCR) and the Hmong Education Council (HEC)

Presentation Abstract: This presentation is geared towards individuals and groups interested in learning about factors that influence the educational experiences of Hmong Americans. The presentation will begin with a brief outline of Hmong social organization and traditions in order to provide a basic understanding of the Hmong as a people. After this brief introduction, the presentation will discuss the factors influencing the education of Hmong Americans and focus specifically on the role of identity development in the educational experiences of Hmong American students.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Ava Yang is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching Hmong American Studies courses in the Asian American Studies Program. In addition to teaching, Dr. Yang’s professional work includes counseling, research, evaluation, and consultation. She has been a practicing mental health therapist and a career counselor. She has also served as a consultant for organizations and agencies and for a school district in the areas of community needs assessment, program evaluation, research, education, and training. Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

“Identity, Racism, and Growing Up Asian American: Then and Now”
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5-8:00pm
WHERE: 336 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Asian Am: Lynet Uttal at or AASU: Deborah Hwang at

A gathering with faculty and staff from the Asian American Studies Program and the Asian American Student Union to get to know each other better. Asian Americans and Allies of Asian Americans are welcomed.

“Hmong/American/Diaspora Institute”
WHEN: Friday, October 22-23, 2011
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall and Edgewater Hotel
CONTACT: For more information, contact Lynet Uttal at

28 Scholars gathered for a 2-day scholarship institute on Hmong Studies. The purpose of this Institute was to nurture and contribute to the development of Hmong/American/Diaspora studies by having a gathering of scholars from various disciplines. Scholarship about Hmong people is a new field that focuses on the history, cultures, group status, and experiences of the Hmong who are living in the United States and across the globe. Scholars presented their individual research and discussed professional development topics, such as tenure and publishing.

“Developing Hmong Studies in Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Joys of Teaching Hmong Studies”
WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2011, 2:30-4:30PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

Chia Youyee Vang, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Nengher Vang, Assistant Director, Diversity Center and Office of Multicultural Programs (Former Visiting Assistant Professor at UW-Madison)

Lee Pao Xiong, Instructor, Center for Hmong Studies, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ava Yang, Visiting Assistant Professor in Hmong American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Darla Yang, Undergraduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gowshing Xiong, Undergraduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kong Vang, Special Ed. Teacher who took Hmong American courses at University of Minnesota, Madison Metro School District

Hmong Studies is a new field with its home in many different disciplines. At UW-Madison, we are fortunate to have had four different faculty teaching four courses per year in Hmong Studies since 2008. Being such a new field, it is still not set in stone what this field looks like. In this panel, faculty and students from UW-Madison and other institutions of higher education across the U.S. will discuss what it is like to teach and learn about Hmong experiences and scholarship in their classes. We will identify what’s working as well as where there is need to improve how Hmong Studies is taught in higher education institutions.

Public Lecture by Gene Luen Yang - Creator of the graphic novel “American Born Chinese”
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7:30-9PM
WHERE: Wisconsin Union Theater, Memorial Union
CONTACT: or 263-3721
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, Cooperative Children’s Book Center and Friends of the CCBC.

Author/artist Gene Luen Yang will talk about his work as a graphic novelist who has used humor to challenge cultural stereotypes and explore multiple identities in a public lecture entitled “Convergences.” The 14th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education, the School of Education’s Common Read series, and the Friends of the CCBS, Inc. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

Introduction by Leslie Bow, Professor of English and Asian American Studies Program

Brownbag Discussion with Gene Luen Yang author of “American Born Chinese”
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:00-1:30PM
WHERE: 6191 H.C. White
CONTACT: Leslie Bow,
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, Cooperative Children’s Book Center and Friends of the CCBC.

Feel free to bring your lunch and discuss cartooning and the graphic novel with Gene Yang. Light refreshments will be provided.

Author/artist Gene Luen Yang, National Book Award nominee, won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for his graphic novel American Born Chinese (First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2006). His other books for children and teens include The Eternal Smile (with Derek Kirk Kim, First Second / Roaring Brook Press 2009) and Prime Baby (Roaring Brook Press, 2010). He has also written and spoken extensively on graphic novels as an art form and as a resource for educators in the classroom.

“New Directions in Asian American Studies: Chang and Eng Bunker’s Descendants and the Invention of Kinship” by Cynthia Wu
WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 5PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Ariel Eisenberg,
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, Center for Research on Gender and Women’s Studies and the UW Disability Studies

Accessing the Intersections is a year-long series of speakers and performances addressing the intersections of disability with gender, race, sexuality, and nation in the humanities and arts.

With generous sponsorship and support from the Anonymous Fund, Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, McBurney Center, Waisman Center, Provost for Equity and Diversity, Office of Student Life, and Department of English.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Requests for sign language interpreters, real-time captioning or print materials in an alternative format should be made no less than one week in advance of the event. Please contact Ariel Eisenberg to make a request or with any other access question.

“Asian American Panethnicity in St. Paul’s Hmong American Community: A Discourse Event Analysis” by Jeremy Hein
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2011 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 8417 Social Science (Enter through the front door and continue towards the back of the building. Take the back elevators up to the 8th floor. Room 8417 Social Science is directly to the left of the elevators.)
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

In 2006, Dr. Hein argued that Hmong Americans exhibited only a weak attachment to a panAsian American identity. This presentation re-evaluates that claim using more than 500 front page articles appearing in the Hmong Times from 2001 to 2010. Discourse event analysis indicates that a panAsian American identification has increased. There is considerable variation, however, in which communal institutions have developed panethnic links. They are most prevalent in the arts and least prevalent in politics.

Dr. Hein has studied Southeast Asian refugees since 1983. His most recent book is Ethnic Origins: The Adaptation of Cambodian and Hmong Refugees in Four American Cities (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006).

Asian American Voices 2011: A Political Voice in the Asian American Community
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2011 5-7:00 PM
WHERE: Memorial Library, 4th Floor Commons
CONTACT: Michael Yang, or Nira Ly,
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, Asian Pacific American and South Asian Law Student Association (APALSA/SALSA) and the Association of Asian American Graduate Students (AAAGS)

John Choi was elected into office in 2010. He is one of the first Asian Americans to be elected as a County Attorney, otherwise known to most as a District Attorney. He will share his struggles and experiences when running for office as well as the effect that Asian Americans can have on elections. A discussion session will follow the presentation where audience members may engage him about his presentation as well as express their own questions and concerns.

“Themes in the Career Development of 1.5 Generation Hmong American Women” by Ava Yang
WHEN: Friday, April 8, 2011 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

When 1.5 generation Hmong American women pursue educational and career opportunities, it often involves negotiation within their families. This experience leads to negotiating gender and other family roles. It also changes Hmong social structure. This talk examines the salient personal, cultural, and contextual variables that have been found to influence the career development of Hmong American women.

Ava Yang was born in Thailand and came to the United States in 1977 as a toddler. She completed her BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison, and her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her current professional work scope involves psychotherapy, research, evaluation, and consultation in educational programming and career development.

An Evening of Poetry and Performance with Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011 7-8:30 PM
WHERE: 180 Science Hall
CONTACT: Timothy Yu,
Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Asian American Studies Program, the English Department, and the Anonymous Fund.

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word artist who fights for cultural pride and survival. As a teenager, Kelly developed a passion for spoken word at the birthplace of the international poetry slam movement, the Uptown Poetry Slam in Chicago. A highly sought-after performer on the college circuit, Tsai has been featured in over 450 performances worldwide at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and three seasons of the award-winning “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry.” The author of Inside Outside Outside Inside (2004), Thought Crimes (2005), No Sugar Please (2008), and the CD’s Infinity Breaks (2007) and Further She Wrote (2010), Tsai has shared stages with Mos Def, KRS-One, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, Harry Belafonte, and many more. listed her as one of “The 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30″ in 2009, and in 2010, she was profiled in the HBO documentary, “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud.”

For more information on Tsai’s work, visit Tsai’s website:

Science Hall is located at 550 N. Park St. (at Langdon).

An Evening with Yi-Fu Tuan
WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6-7:30PM
WHERE: 6191 Helen C. White
CONTACT: Leslie Bow,
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Multicultural Students’ Association

Professor Yi-Fu Tuan is the father of Humanist Geography and the author of over twenty books including, Topophilia: A Study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes, and Values; Space and Place: The Perspectives of Experience; Cosmos and Hearth: A Cosmopolite’s Viewpoint; and Coming Home to China.

In addition to his groundbreaking work in Geography, he is the author of the memoir, Who Am I? An Autobiography of Emotion, Mind, and Spirit, an extraordinary meditation on ethnic and sexual identity and a surprising addition to the Asian American literary canon.

Professor Tuan will speak informally about his life and work, particularly as they engage issues of ethnicity, sexuality, and life writing. Self-locating as “a minority person in not one but four senses of the word,” he notes, “I am an American-Chinese, a homosexual, a celibate, and a Christian. How far off the mainstream can one be in 21st century America? Yet I feel comfortable in this ‘unholy’ mix.”

For more information see: or contact Leslie Bow,

Dance Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease Workshop - Misty Owens (MFA)
WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:00 PM
WHERE: Wisconsin Union, For room see “Today in the Union” under “Parkinson’s Workshop”
CONTACT: Peggy Choy, or Connie Thai,

Thank you to our generous co-sponsors and funders: Anonymous Fund, Asian American Student Union, Asian American Studies Program, Associated Students of Madison, Brittingham Fund, Dance Department, Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Afro-American Studies, Filipino American Student Association, Graduate School Faculty Award, Multicultural Council, Multicultural Student Coalition, Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Vice-Provost for Climate and Diversity

A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Cultural Connections
WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2011 8:00PM
WHERE: Mills Concert Hall
CONTACT: Peggy Choy, or Connie Thai,
Co-sponsors and funders: Anonymous Fund, Asian American Student Union, Asian American Studies Program, Associated Students of Madison, Brittingham Fund, Dance Department, Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Afro-American Studies, Filipino American Student Association, Graduate School Faculty Award, Multicultural Council, Multicultural Student Coalition, Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Vice-Provost for Climate and Diversity

A performance showing of work-in-progress by Peggy Choy (Dance Department/Asian American Studies Program). Featuring New York dancers Coupe, Delilah Owens, John Thompson IV, Sekou Heru, Ze Motion

“The Impact of Teenage Marriage on the Socioeconomic Status of Hmong Women in the United States” by Pa Der Vang
WHEN: Friday, February 25, 2011 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

Teenage marriage is a traditional practice among the Hmong. Most Hmong teenage marriages are unreported. Early marriage creates barriers for educational and career attainment for women, resulting in lower socioeconomic status outcomes for women. Despite this, Hmong teenage marriage continues in the United States. Using results from a survey of 186 Hmong women, this talk will examine the effects of teenage marriage on the socioeconomic well being of adult Hmong women in the United States.

Pa Der Vang was born in Thailand and came to the United States in 1976 as an infant. She completed her BA in Sociology from UW-Madison, and both her Masters and PhD in Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her professional social work experience includes clinical social work, country program planning, children’s advocacy, domestic violence intervention and prevention, and community organizing. She is cofounder of Hmong Women Achieving Together in St. Paul, MN, an organization led by Hmong women whose mission is to be a catalyst for social, cultural, and institutional change to improve the lives of Hmong women and girls. The organization is focused on developing leadership in Hmong women and improve opportunities for Hmong women. She teaches Direct Social Work Practice, Social Work with Diverse Populations, Family Therapy, Group Practice, and Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Her research focuses on mental health in Southeast Asian populations, with a special interest in early marriage of Hmong women and girls, gender equity, anti-racism and institutional oppression and privilege, and bicultural experiences of immigrants and refugees. She is licensed as a psychotherapist in Minnesota and California.

Her website:

Dance and Martial Arts Workshops by Assistant Professor Peggy Choy
WHEN: Tuesday, February 22 & Thursday, February 24, 2010 6:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: ASM Student Activity Center, 3rd and 4th Floors, 333 East Campus Mall
CONTACT: Peggy Choy, or Connie Thai,
Co-sponsors and funders: Anonymous Fund, Asian American Student Union, Asian American Studies Program, Associated Students of Madison, Brittingham Fund, Dance Department, Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Afro-American Studies, Filipino American Student Association, Graduate School Faculty Award, Multicultural Council, Multicultural Student Coalition, Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Vice-Provost for Climate and Diversity

Guest dancers performing in Peggy Choy’s “The Greatest!” on March 3, whose expertise includes hip-hop dance, boxing, and martial arts, will teach dance and martial arts workshops:

ASM Student Activity Center, 3rd & 4th Floors, 333 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53715 (tel. 608/265-4276)

Tuesday, Feb., 22, 6-7 pm
Thursday, Feb., 24, 6-7 pm
Open to all UW-Madison students! Space is limited!

Registration required: contact Connie Thai,

“Negotiating Hmong Cultural Differences and Race Relations in Madison: A Social Science Experiment” by Peng Her
WHEN: Friday, January 21, 2011 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

This talk will tell the social history of how Hmong came to Madison and describe the relationships between Hmong and non-Hmong in Madison. Through examples of cultural differences and conflict, Mr. Her will explore the complicated nature of cultural misunderstandings and race relations in Madison. He will talk about the professional class of Hmong who have matured in their response to cultural and race incidents, as well as about his experiences as a Hmong parent raising Hmong children in Madison. His talk suggests how Madison can create better relationships with the Hmong, and how it could be a model for better race relationships with other minority groups in Wisconsin.

Mr. Peng Her is a member of the Madison community who has actively advocated for Hmong matters since 2002. He is currently the executive director of the East Isthmus Neighborhood Planning Council. He is an important spokesperson for the Hmong community to the University of Wisconsin as well as in Madison and Wisconsin. Some of the projects he has worked on include the Hmong Cultural Center, Vang Pao elementary school naming, Cha Vang hunting incident, better assessment of Hmong children for ESL placement in Madison Metropolitan School District, and culturally competent placement of Asian American children in foster care system in Dane County. He is a member of Madison’s Economic Development Committee. Currently, Peng is running for City Council in Madison. He has also run for State Assembly in 2008.

“Explaining Academic Failure in the United States and Laos: Interpreting the Voices of Hmong American and Hmong Lao Students” by Leena Her
WHEN: Friday, November 12, 2010 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

Claims about minority students’ academic potentials are often used to explain the Achievement Gap between poor and minority students and their White counterparts in the United States. Alternatively, Professor Leena Her argues that as cultural citizens of the United States, ethnic minority Hmong students have learned to explain their performance in school in culturally specific ways. Ethnic minority students’ explanation of failure in the U.S. reveal much more about the culture and democratic ideology of the United States.

“The Challenges of Hmong Gay Men in the United States” by Vang Tou Xiong
WHEN: Friday, November 12, 2010 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 336 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

The debate over homosexuality, locally and globally, shows great differences in public opinions about its acceptability, laws regulating same-sex marriage, and penalties for homosexual behaviors. Many social, cultural and religious factors influence public opinions. Homosexuality can best be described as the range of behaviors dealing with sexual desire, feelings, attraction, and emotion that a person has toward another person of the same-sex. This sexual orientation is taboo and not discussed in Hmong society.

This study explored the many challenges that Hmong American gay men face daily as they struggle to live in two different cultures or worlds. Specifically, this study addressed the following research questions: (1) what are the “coming out” processes of Hmong gay men? (2) how did “coming out” change their lives in the Hmong community? (3) how do cultural norms affect the individual gay person? and (4) how did the individual react toward these norms?

Vang T. Xiong, is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision and an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Vang received his Bachelor of Art in Justice Administration and Sociology from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2006, and a Master of Science in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

“Hmong Political Involvement in St. Paul, Minnesota and Fresno, California” by Yang Lor
WHEN: Friday, October 29, 2010 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 6191 H.C. White Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

This talk will examine the development of the Hmong communities in Fresno, California and St. Paul, Minnesota, with a particular focus on how this development has impacted the political involvement of each Hmong community. Through interviews, Census data, and newspaper coverage of the political campaigns of Fresno City Council Member Blong Xiong and Minnesota State Senator Mee Moua, this study found that Hmong in St. Paul have achieved greater representation in local and state governments and received greater support from government officials than Hmong in Fresno because Minnesota offers a social, economic, and political context that is favorable to fostering Hmong political involvement.

Yang Lor is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has conducted research on Hmong communities in St. Paul, Minnesota and Fresno, California. In addition to his research, he also works with community groups to help address issues faced by low-income youth. A first-generation college student, he graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Asian American Studies.

“The Ocean in the Closet: A Reading by Yuko Taniguchi"
WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:00-3:00 PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT:Lee Friederich at or the Asian American Studies Program as 
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Freshman Interest Group Seminar

Writer Yuko Taniguchi will read from her book, The Ocean in the Closet. She will discuss the writing process, specifically the concept and purpose of integrating historical details into the form of fiction. Her first novel, The Ocean in the Closet, was published by Coffee House Press in spring 2007.

About the book: Nine-year-old Helen Johnson can’t understand why her mother locks Helen and her brother in the closet of their 1975 California home or why her father, recently returned from Vietnam, seems so distant. On the other side of the ocean, Helen’s great-uncle Hideo still struggles with the death of his sister during the occupation of Japan after World War II. When Helen travels to Japan to meet Hideo they start to unravel the circumstances of her mother’s adoption from Japan and the role that both World War II and the Vietnam War play in her family’s legacy. A lovely paean to the strength and resilience of the young and the capacity for love and forgiveness in the old, The Ocean in the Closet is a call for peace and understanding in dark times.

About the author: Writer Yuko Taniguchi came to the United States at age fifteen and attended high school in Maryland. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota. Her first volume of poetry, Foreign Wife Elegy, was published by Coffee House Press in 2004. Some of her awards include the Twenty-Eighth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS (The Before Columbus Foundation), and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Asian American Literary Awards. Prof. Taniguchi is currently a faculty at the Center for Learning Innovation for the Bachelor of Science Health Sciences program at the University of Minnesota, Rochester.

Is It In Defense of Hmong Culture? The Use of Culture in Legal Cases” by Yer Vang
WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2010 2:30-4:30 PM
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

Attorney Yer L. Vang was the former lead immigration attorney with the Immigrant Project of Wisconsin (IPW), which provides free legal representation to immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Ms. Vang currently serves as the Executive Assistant in the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER). The Office is the central human resources policy authority for Wisconsin state government, with responsibility for the state’s civil service system, affirmative action programs, and collective bargaining and labor relations with 19 state employee labor unions. Ms. Vang is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

The talk will explore how culture has been taken into account in the U.S. legal system. In particular, it will examine case scenarios involving Hmong litigants. This talk will explore the challenge and necessity of adapting the U.S. Legal system to meet different needs of litigants who are not from the dominant Western culture. These cases will be examined to highlight creative approaches to the administration of justice, specifically methods that consider the influence of Hmong culture and Hmong gender politics.

Ethnic Studies Week Events October 4-8, 2010

“Telling Our Stories”
WHEN: Thursday, May 6th, 2010 5:30-8:00pm
WHERE: Memorial Library Commons Room (4th Floor)
Co-sponsors include the UW-Madison’s Humanities Exposed (HEX) Scholars Program, GEAR UP Program, PEOPLE Program, Madison Metropolitan School Districts, UW-Madison’s Educational Policy Studies, Asian American Studies Program, Sociology Department, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and A Room of One’s Own Foundation (ROOF).

Listen to Southeast Asian Amerian youths from East High School, Memorial High School, Sun Prairie High School, and La Follette High School share their final projects including spoken word poetry, cover art design, and musical performances.

The Telling Our Stories project was started by Mytoan Nguyen, a Ph.D. Sociology student at UW-Madison; and originally supported by UW-Madison’s Humanities Exposed Scholars Program as a small-scale project to address local issues pertaining to poverty or a community need, broadly interpreted. For more information about Telling Our Stories, please visit For more information about the HEX program, please visit

“Memory, History, and Community: Artist Flo Oy Wong, Visual Storyteller and Activist”
WHEN: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 4:30-6:30 pm
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall (corner of Observatory and Charter St
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal at
Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies (UW Madison) and the Art Department (Edgewood College), and Ethnic Studies and the Center for Multicultural Education (Edgewood College)

Mixed-media installation artist Flo Oy Wong will present examples of her work and lead a discussion about finding her voice as a woman artist of Chinese descent, art as a means of telling untold stories and revealing hidding histories, and art as an activist praxis.

To make a reservation for this event, please contact Lynet Uttal,

4th Annual Asian American Voices – “Activism Through Spoken Word”
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 6-9pm
WHERE: Memorial Library, 4th Floor Commons Room
CONTACT: For more information or RSVP to dinner, please email AAAGS at
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Graduate Students (AAAGS), Asian American Studies Program, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association/South Asian Law Students Association (APALSA/SALSA), Asian American Student Union (AASU), Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA), Multicultural Student Center and ASM

The theme of this year’s Asian American Voices is “Activism through Spoken Word.” This event focuses on an Asian American artist who expresses his ethnic experience while living in the US Midwest through spoken word poetry. This event will feature a spoken word workshop delivered by Twin Cities-based Hmong American spoken word artist Tou Saiko Lee. Afterwards there will be a discussion among attendees about the role of social transformation through the arts like hip hop/spoken word.

“The Reaches of Literacy: Hmong Americans Reading and Writing”
Presented by Professor John Duffy
WHEN: Monday, April 19, 2010, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: 7191 Helen C. White
CONTACT: Morris Young at or 608-263-3367
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, the Department of Curriculum and Instrucion, the Department of History, the Language Institute, Second Language Acquisition, and the Department of English. Funding courtesy of the Anonymous Fund.

In this talk, John Duffy argues that far from being a preliterate culture, the Hmong have a rich, diverse, and complex history of literacy. More, Duffy argues that the literacy experiences of Hmong-Americans—in public schools, Christian churches, Hmong community organizations, and elsewhere—are the result not of contacts with institutions in the United States but have their roots in Laos and in China, in the cultures where the Hmong were commonly regarded as “preliterate.” Hmong-American literacy practices, Duffy contends, reaches back and connects to older forms of Hmong cultural practice, including the practices of reading and writing. A consideration of the Hmong-American literacy experience is therefore necessary for what it tells us about the history of Hmong reading and writing, and for what it suggests about the ways in which literacy is learned, used, and valued in other cultures, at other times, in different historical moments.

“Generations: Asian American Cinema”
WHEN: April 14-18, 2010
WHERE: Downtown Madison, WI
CONTACT: For more information, please see the Wisconsin Film Festival website.
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program.

As part of the Wisconsin Film Festival each of the six films are unique, dealing with rarely explored themes relevant to Asian Americans. They are also complementary, focusing on a different aspect of the Asian American experience with grace and candor. Finally, each is thoroughly entertaining.

“Felix: A Series of New Writing”
Presented by Myung Mi Kim
WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 4:30pm
WHERE: Room 126 Memorial Library
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Hai-Dang D Phan
Co-sponsored by the Department of English, the General Library System, The Friends of the UW-Libraries, the Asian American Studies Program, the Program in Creative Writing, and with generous support from the UW-Lectures Committee.

Myung Mi Kim’s poetry explores the themes of language and identity, cultural displacement and translation that have long been the critical touchstones of Asian American studies, yet she examines these key issues through a poetics that is unparalleled in its experimental impulse and ethical awareness.

Myung Mi Kim’s poetry is highly respected and admired amongst Asian American scholars today. Of Myung Mi Kim’s work, imminent and pioneering scholar Elaine Kim has written: “The poems in Commons are at once global and intensely personal and emotional. An immensely talented poet, Myung Mi Kim loves language – its internal rhymes, alliterations, and diverse rhythms. Caught off guard by the beauty and precision of Kim’s language and the exquisite images she so deftly conjures, we are drawn unwittingly into a web of fragmentary memories that subvert what we think we know about the violent history that haunts her and never ceases to demand recognition.”

“From Possibility Into Actuality” 8th Annual Vietnamese Interacting as One Conference
WHEN: March 26-28th, 2010
WHERE: Grainger Hall UW-Madison
CONTACT: Eric Nguyen, or the Asian American Studies Program at or 608-263-2976
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, the Associated Students of Madison, the Multicultural Council and United Vietnamese Student Association-Midwest (UVSA-Midwest)

Keynote Speaker:
Writer Lac Su, Author of ”I love Yous are for White People”

As a child, Lac Su fled Communist Vietnam with his family in an arduous and death-defying boat journey. After being saved by a naval cruiser near Hong Kong, Lac, his parents, and his young sister all immigrated to Los Angeles. But on the prostitute, drug, and gang-ridden streets of West Hollywood, the American dream they imagined seemed far from coming true. Living in squalid conditions and barely making ends meet, his family struggles to forge its identity in LA’s teeming cultural hodge-podge. “I Love Yous Are for White People” is Lac Su’s account of finding a life of comfort and understanding while constantly made to feel like an outsider.

Target Audience: Young Vietnamese Americans and Vietnamese living in America and all who share an interest in help shaping an Asian American, more specifically a Vietnamese American identity in the Midwest.

“Invisible Struggles” Hmong American Student Association Conference and Banquet (Pre-registration appreciated)
WHEN: Saturday, March 13th, 2010
WHERE: Grainger Hall
CONTACT: HASA Conference Committee at or call (608) 262-5170 or visit our website at Asian American Studies Program at 263-2976 or
Sponsored by: UW-Madison Asian American Studies Program , MCC, ASM, MG&E, Pathway, UW-Madison Hmong Student Alumni, CPU Solution, and Hmong Families, Kemper Knapp Grant

Featuring: Professor Her Vang, Dr. Vincent Her, UW-Madison Hmong Research Team,
Dr. Zha Blong Xiong, Artist See Xeng Lee, Principle Chris Her Xiong, and MORE!!

All HMONG and NON-HMONG are encouraged to come and learn about Hmong American Experiences

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The Nature of Tolerance in 2050″
WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 7:00-8:30pm
WHERE: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lecture Hall, 221 State Street
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or visit

Asian American Studies Professors Lynet Uttal and Michael Thornton with Katherine Cramer Walsh and moderator Emily Auerbach will speak on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The Nature of Tolerance in 2050″ as part of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Lecture Series. The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all walks of life to celebrate thought, culture and nature in our state and help solve our common problems.

“Living the Unknown: A Dancer’s Perspective”
WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 12 noon
WHERE: 4274 Chamberlin Hall (1150 University Avenue)
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar Series – In these times of economic and social turmoil, we live with a sense of growing insecurity. Through the lens of dance, we can understand the past–both mythic and real–and investigate the present to fearlessly move into the future.

Dance Program’s Fall Faculty Concert
WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 8 pm
WHERE: Wisconsin Union Theatre
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

See Peggy Myo-Young Choy’s (Dance Program/Asian American Studies Assistant Professor) premiere of her new piece, “Transform 2″
Video art by Rosemary Bodolay (Art)
Music by Stephen Dembski (Music)

Defining a Different Future: The Legacy of the Asian American Movement for Student and Artist Activists Today
WHEN: 12 noon, Friday November 6, 2009
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

Fred Ho will meet with students.

Performing Hybrid Asian Identity
WHEN: 4pm, Friday November 6, 2009
WHERE: TITU Memorial Union
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

Lecture by Kevin Fellezs

Concert: Tomorrow is Now!
WHEN: 7pm, Friday November 6, 2009
WHERE: Morphy Hall, Humanities Building
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

Fred Ho, with Salim Washington and Peggy Choy

Panel: Wicked Theory/Naked Practice: The Subversive Legacy of Asian American Composer, Fred Ho
WHEN: 12 noon, Thursday November 5, 2009
WHERE: Play Circle Theater, Memorial Union
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

Panelists: Kevin Fellezs (School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced), Katrina Flores (Curriculum & Instruction) R. Anderson Sutton (School of Music, UW-Madison), Salim Washington (Brooklyn College), Tim Yu (tbc, English, UW-Madison)
Moderator: Peggy Choy (Dance & Asian Am. Studies)

Fred Ho Lecture-Demonstration: “Jazz” and the Revolutionary Imagination: Afro/Asian Identities, New Sounds and a New World
WHEN: 7:00pm, Thursday November 5, 2009
WHERE: Morphy Hall, Humanities Building
CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

The Hmong-American Experience: A Study of Oneself and One’s People in Prose Presented by Kao Kalia Yang
WHEN: 4:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2009
WHERE: Memorial Library Commons
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

What are the consequences of a story unarticulated? How does a people, new to the written word, enter the shelves of a bigger world? What happens when the story of a life is written and studied? Because with our accents, our hesitancies, with our fears–sometimes we still are the strongest voices coming forth for our communities. Explore, meet, and discuss with a young writer from the Hmong community–the power of a movement founded on words to change, to transform, to create the life of a people on the written page.

Explicit Lyrics: Timothy Yu and K. Silem Mohammad
WHEN: 4:15 pm, Thursday, October 15, 2009
WHERE: Memorial Library, Room 126
CONTACT: 692-5275,

Free and open to the public.Reception and refreshments to follow the reading.

Timothy Yu is the author of the chapbook Journey to the West (Barrow Street) and the critical book Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford University Press). His poems and prose have appeared in SHAMPOO, Chicago Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Asian American Studies Program and the Department of English

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of the poetry collections Deer Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003); A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004); Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008); and The Front (Roof Books, 2009); as well as the chapbooks Hovercraft (Kenning, 2000) and Monsters (Abraham Lincoln, 2006). Mohammad is an associate professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Philosophy at Souther Oregon University.

Southeast Asian Communities and the Shifting Contexts of Learning Workshop
WHEN: 8:30am-7:30pm Saturday, October 10, 2009
WHERE: Pyle Center – 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
ending at the Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Oregon
CONTACT: Peggy Choy, (608) 263-1755

This is a teachers workshop for those who would like to broaden their understanding of the State’s growing Southeast Asian populations in the context of a fascinating and constantly evolving field of Southeast Asian Studies. Please see the website for more information and for registration.

“Detonate the Talk/Walk the Walk: Dance as Mind Field”
WHEN: Friday, October 9, 2009, 3:30 pm
WHERE: H’Doubler Performance Space, 3rd floor, Lathrop Hall
Friday Forum, Dance Program
CONTACT: Peggy Choy, (608) 263-1755

Peggy Myo-Young Choy, Dance Program/Asian American Studies Assistant Professor and founder/director of The Ki Project, talks about her work and The Ki Project Lab in the context of teaching the future.

Assessing the Private Safety Net: Social Support Among Minority Immigrant Parents Presented by Grace Kao
WHEN: 12-1:15 pm, Monday, October 5, 2009
WHERE: 8417 Social Science – 1180 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706
(corner of Charter St and Observatory Drive)
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,
This event is co-sponsored by Department of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity Brownbag, For info: Ruth Lopez Turley,

Traditional assimilation paradigms argue that immigrants are particularly disadvantaged in feelings of marginality and dislocation. Given these paradigms, we explore how minority and immigrant status are associated with perceptions of social support among parents of young children. We use the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K), a nationally representative sample of children in kindergarten in 1998-99. Asian American, Latino, and Black immigrant parents, compared to their native-born white counterparts, report lower levels of perceived social support, and this gap persists even when demographic and socioeconomic characteristics are held constant. Additionally, English language ability, but not years spent in the United States, attenuates the disadvantages that Hispanic immigrant parents face in their perceptions of social support compared with white immigrant parents. Finally, Hispanic parents report substantial variation in their perceptions of social support by ethnicity. As social support is an important predictor of parents’ economic stability and children’s well-being, these findings have important implications for children of immigrants, an important and increasing demographic group in the United States.

Family Dialogues: A New Social Change Model for Improving The Lives of Hmong Women Presented by Nou Yang
WHEN: 2-4pm, Friday, September 18, 2009
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall – 1155 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 (corner of Charter St and Observatory Drive)
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, or Yer Lor,

In this talk, Nou Yang will describe the Family Dialogues Program, a community-based research project, that was developed by Hnub Tshiab (Hmong Women Achieving Together, St. Paul, Minneapolis) in order to begin a conversation between Hmong men and women and to develop new and positive ways to engage family members and allies in re-defining gender roles to be more supportive of Hmong women and girls.

This presentation will be of interest to those who are interested in community based action research, Hmong Americans, gender dynamics, human development and family studies, and social change.

Reclaiming Our Past – The Untold Stories of Asian America
James Wakasa, once at student at UW, was also one of the Japanese Americans who was shot to death and died in a World War II internment camp. This 3 day historical and memorial event reminds UW of its connection with Asian Americans historically and in the present. The event includes hip-hop and performance events, academic symposium with national scholars, and a memorial service for James Wakasa.

Third Annual Asian American Voices
WHEN: Thursday April 30th, – Saturday May 2nd
WEBSITE: Reclaiming Our Past
For more information, please contact Victor Jew at
View the 3-day schedule.

Critical Perspectives in Hmong American Experiences and Scholarship
WORKSHOP | Writing Your Stories | Mai Neng Moua
WHEN: 10 am- 1pm, Saturday, April 18, 2009 (Lunch served at 12:15 pm)
WHERE: 259 Educational Sciences - 1025 West Johnson Street
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

In this creative writing workshop, Hmong American writer Mai Neng Moua will lead participants to write their own stories. Using published poems or stories from Bamboo Among the Oaks and other publications as models, we will write stories that focus on memories, who we are, and where we come from. We will first examine the published writings and discuss the different devices the writers use. You’ll then have an opportunity to write your own stories. We’ll also discuss the writing process. This writing workshop will be interactive and fun! No prior creative writing experience is necessary. Please bring a writing utensil and paper.

Pre-registration required for the workshop. Please email to reserve a space.


The Hmong American Writer as Creator by Mai Neng Moua
WHEN: 2-4pm, Friday, April 17, 2009
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

In the poem A Litany for Survival, Audre Lorde says, “and when we speak we are afraid / our words will not be heard / nor welcomed / but when we are silent /we are still afraid / So it is better to speak.” In this talk, writer and editor Mai Neng Moua will discuss the writer’s role in creating a new kind of “Hmong-ness.” Using texts from Bamboo Among the Oaks, she will talk about how Hmong American writers participate in “survivance”(survival + resistance) by writing the truths about their own lives.

By day, Mai Neng Moua works for Fieldstone Alliance, a nonprofit organization in St. Paul, Minnesota. By night, she is a writer; the founder of Paj Ntaub Voice, the fifteen-year-old Hmong literary arts journal where she published more than 200 Hmong writers and artists, and the editor of Bamboo Among the Oaks, the first Hmong American anthology. Her writings appear in publications such as Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry. Her awards include the Bush Artist Fellowship, the Jerome Travel Grant, and the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series Fellowship. She graduated from St. Olaf College and attended the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and daughter.

Converting Faith, Converting Relations in Hmong American Communities by Yang Sao Xiong
WHEN: 2-4pm, March 27, 2009
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

Mr. Xiong will discuss the conversion of Hmong to Christianity and examine how the adoption of new faith creates intra-ethnic conflicts and important, albeit limited changes in Hmong Americans’ social relations and kinship structure. These intra-ethnic conflicts reflect not only Hmongs’ ongoing struggles with forms of assimilation but also their attempt to become more visible, active participants in a society highly stratified by race, class, and citizenship. He will also discuss the politics of representation that Hmong Americans engage in from time to time as they struggle to relate and re-define cultural stuff, ethnic boundaries and community.

WORKSHOP - From Research To The Hands of Children: Translating Research Findings into a Hmong American Children’s Book to Promote Understanding of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease by Linda Gerdner
WHEN: 10-1pm, March 7, 2009
WHERE: 259 Educational Sciences
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

In this workshop, participants will learn about how to translate research knowledge into educational information to support Hmong families coping with the dementia of a family elder. The method of creating a bilingual children’s book will be explained. The children’s book teaches young children about the sacrifices that grandfather has made and it is their turn to take care of grandfather. Based on a cultural practice, the story cloth is used to stimulate the remote memory of an elder and promote grandfathers personhood. Participants will have a chance to think about how to replicate the educational value and cultural appropriateness of a children’s books as a method of dissemination for their own research and educational areas.

Perception and Care of Elder Hmong Americans With Chronic Confusion and End-of-Life Care by Linda Gerdner
WHEN: 2-4pm, March 6, 2009
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

In 2006, it was estimated that 26.6 million people worldwide were afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Little is known about the prevalence or perception of AD in the Hmong American community. This talk will introduce the perception, care, and preferred treatment of Hmong American elders with chronic confusion (i.e., dementia) based on a study that was conducted over 30 months in Minnesota and Wisconsin, using participant observation and in-depth interviews with 25 Hmong Americans family caregivers, traditional healers, and community leaders. Ideas about caregiving, a model of traditional values for the younger generation, the perceived cause of chronic confusion, and the traditional spiritual needs of the elder in determining health seeking behaviors, as well as how these findings can be used to develop family-based education programs with the Hmong American community, will be presented.

Asian Narrative and Revolutionary Martial Arts in Performance
WHEN: March 4th-6th, 2009
Wednesday, March 4 @ 4pm: Documentary Film: “Urban Dragons” 1641 Humanities Building
Wednesday, March 4 @ 7:30pm: Lecture: Ruth Margraff, “Nogaku to Shaolin Narratives: Stories as Combat” 1121 Humanities Building
Thursday, March 5 @7:30pm: Lec-dem: Jose Figueroa and Ruth Margraff, “Radical Play: Performing the Asian Narrative Through Martial Arts” Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building
Friday, March 6 @ 11-1pm: Chen Style Taichi Demonstration and Workshop*: Jose Figueroa 549 Lathrop Hall

CONTACT: Peggy Choy,

A historic forum recognizing traditional Asian martial arts form transfigured via the American matrix–a nexus of Afro-Latino-Asian hybridity. Martial artist Jose Figueroa (Dark Raven Studios) explores how his identity interfaces Latino and Asian American cultures through the martial arts. Playwright Ruth Margraff (School of the Arts Institute of Chicago challenges the usual notions of the narrative with old and new Asian theater forms. Both master artists share their views on the new Asian American manga theater they have helped to create.

Media and Hmong Masculinity: From Immigrant Misfits to Perpetual Warriors to Gran Torino Gangbangers by Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj
WHEN: 2-4pm, February 13, 2009
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

This talk is about Hmong racialization, and the unintelligibility of Asian race, questions of Hmong in/hypervisibility and social consequences of these. We use the theme of violence (including symbolic and epistemic) to tie together several high profile incidents to develop an analysis of racialization.

Race, Violence and Hmong Hunting Incidents by Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj
WHEN: 9:30-11am, February 13, 2009
WHERE: 340 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

In this reading seminar participants will dialogue about the Chai Soua Vang hunting incident in Wisconsin based on pre-reading of Schein and Thoj’s article “Occult Racism: The Masking of Race in the Hmong Hunter Incident.”

*Please e-mail to get a .pdf of the reading, “Occult Racism,” American Quarterly 59(4), December 2007

Media for Social Justice: Hmong American Media Productions by Va-Megn Thoj with Louisa Schein
WHEN: 7-9pm, February 12, 2009
WHERE: 259 Educational Sciences
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

Documentary showing and a narrative short by Va-Megn Thoj plus a preview of Thoj and Schein’s current project. All films address Hmong immigrants in relation to their reception in the US. Presenters will discuss how media may be used for promoting social justice.

Asian American Mentorship Mixer
WHERE: Multicultural Student Council Satellite Office, 717 W Johnson St
WHEN: 6:00-7:30pm, Monday, February 2, 2009

The Annual Asian American Mentorship Mixer originated from the Association for Asian American Graduate Students in 2006. This event, in its present form as a joint collaboration between multiple organizations, is intended to foster greater connections between graduate and undergraduates.

Hmong Youth Delinquency in Minnesota: What Do We Know? by Prof. Zha Blong Xiong
WHEN: 2-4pm, January 23, 2009
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

Presentation will highlight the problem of delinquency in the Hmong community in Minnesota, discuss issues confronting Hmong American youth, and present multiple data sets that look at what predicts Hmong youth’s involvement in delinquent activities.

Longing for Home: Hmong Diasporic Politics in American After the Secret War by Her Vang
WHEN: 2-4pm, December 12, 2008
WHERE: 259 Educational Sciences
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

The lecture will assess the different responses within the Hmong diasporic community in America to this nostalgia or longing for home and for the past. It focuses, in particular, on the continued struggle by Vang Pao and members of his organization, the United Lao National Liberation Front (also known as Neo Hom), to replace the current Pathet Lao communist regime with a constitutional monarchy with a king as the figurehead of the state, a prime minister as the head of the government and members of the Democratic Chao Fa Party of Laos to form a free and democratic multiparty government modeled after the U.S. government and Constitution. Their vision is to create an autonomous Hmong zone in northern Laos, or to establish an independent Hmong nation in Laos.

Contemporary Issues Facing Hmong Women in Wisconsin by KabZuag Vaj
WHEN: 2-4pm, November 21, 2008
WHERE: 259 Edcuational Sciences
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

Kabzuag Vaj’s talk will draw on her personal and professional experiences with contemporary issues affecting Hmong women in Wisconsin. She is a Hmong woman who came with her family the US in 1981. She has been advocating for women and children since she was 15 years old. She founded Freedom, Inc., a grassroots organization that advocates and provides services to low and no-income communities of color in Madison, Wisconsin. She has worked on social justice issues such as welfare reform, immigration issues, youth justice, and racial profiling. In the last 8 years, she has worked on ending violence against women and children, including addressing trafficking issues/abusive international marriages and murder suicide within the Hmong community.

Flintlock Rifles, Rhinoceros Horn, and Opium: How Hmong Men Became Powerful In Colonial
Indochina by Dr. Mai Na Lee
WHEN: 12-1:30, November 3, 2008
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

Mai Na Lee is a preeminent historian in the field of Southeast Asian history and teaches a groundbreaking Hmong history course at the University of Minnesota. She has done pioneering work in Hmong history, trans-national identity and minority studies. Lee earned a B.A. in history with an emphasis on East Asian history and women’s studies at Carleton and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the first female Hmong professor at the University of Minnesota, and the first Hmong person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in history.

Hmong Religion, Cosmology and Spiritual Practices: Bridging the Past and Present by Dr. Vincent Her
WHEN: 2-4 pm, October 31, 2008
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

The role of religious traditions continues to shape the cultural and historical continuity of the Hmong American community. The Hmong religion is not fully understood by many within the Hmong community and even less from the outsider’s perspective. Yet, it is a constant point of interest that few can fully explain and teach. By taking an insider’s approach, this talk will give valuable insights into the cosmology, religion, and spiritual practices of the Hmong people and help us better understand the many roles and rituals associated with the spiritual and religious lives of Hmong Americans.

Third Annual Dinner & Dialogue (AAAGS) “Learning from the Past and Looking Ahead at the Asian American Academic Community at UW Madison”
WHERE: 253 Educational Sciences Building
WHEN: 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Third Annual Asian Amerian Faculty, Staff and Graduate student Dinner and Dialogue is meant to create a space for informal networking. More importantly, it is meant to be a starting point or the continuation of relationships across disciplines and departments to further the conversation about what it means to foster an Asian American academic community presence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Researching Hmong From the Inside by Dr. Chia Youyee Vang
WHEN: 2-4 pm, October 3, 2008
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
CONTACT: Lynet Uttal, OR Yer Lor,

The ways in which each of us produces knowledge is influenced by our worldviews and what is available as evidence at any particular time. Most knowledge produced about Hmong refugees in the United States follow the victim narrative and focus on social, economic and cultural challenges within American society. Other common stories about Hmong focus on war in Southeast Asia, flight and refugee camp experiences. A few recent publications examine broader migration experiences, identity, and integration. Despite the many master theses and doctoral dissertations by Hmong Americans, nearly all published works of scholarship about Hmong are written by scholars not of Hmong ethnicity. Today Hmong subjects are no longer merely vulnerable populations to be studied. Instead, diasporic conditions have enabled Hmong Americans to play an active role in the construction of knowledge regarding Hmong history, culture and changing traditions. This talk will examine what difference it makes to conduct research on Hmong from the inside.

Live Interview with Director of New Year Baby by Wisconsin Public Radio
WHEN: 3-4pm, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
WHERE: Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network
Audio: MP3

Wisconsin Public Radio’s Here on Earth Program will have a live interview with Socheat Poeuv, director and producer of the award-winning documentary, New Year Baby. The interview will be broadcast live on WPR’s Ideas network stations and online at You are welcome to call in (800-642-1234) during the live interview to talk to her in person. New Year Baby won the audience award of best documentary film at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival.

Asian American Voices: Mixed Race Asians: Why They Matter to Asian America
WHEN: 3:30PM, Saturday, April 5, 2008
WHERE: UW-Madison Law School, 975 Bascom Mall
INFO: flyer, registration

This event consists of an afternoon program including a casual dinner, and an evening performance by nationally recognized performance artist Kate Rigg ( If you are unable to attend the afternoon program, you are welcome to attend the evening performance independently. Please register online for either the full event (afternoon program + dinner + performance), or for the evening performance only.

Memory and Transcendence: Asian American Film Series 2008
WHEN: April 3-6, 2008
INFO: Lisa Bu,

As part of 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival, this series will present five films. 

2nd Annual Dinner & Dialogue (AAAGS)
WHERE: Friedrick Center, 1950 Willow Dr
WHEN: 5:30-8pm, Thursday March 27th, 2008

This event is designed to help network and build community among Asian American faculty, administrative staff and graduate students. This year’s conversation topic will be “Being Asian American on the UW Campus.”

2008 Lunar New Year Potluck organizsed by Association of Asian American Graduate Students (AAAGS)
WHERE: Knapp House, 130 E. Gilman
WHEN: 6-9pm, Feb 2, 2008 (Saturday)

All AAAGS members, Faculty and Staff and their friends and guests are welcome.

Public Lecture: Hmong Social and Political Capital — The Formation and Maintenance of Hmong-American Organizations
WHERE: 206 Ingraham Hall
WHEN: noon on Friday, February 1, 2008

Given by Prof. Shoua Yang, Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science at UW-Stevens Point, this talk examines a sample of Hmong-American organizations to explain the formation and maintenance of these cultural emigre organizations. How are these organizations formed in the first place? How have these organizations survived over time?

Public Lecture: Asian American Accomplishments: More Than Model Minorities
WHERE: MSC lounge, 2nd floor, Red Gym
WHEN: December 4, 2007, 5pm

Given by Karen (Kai-Yuan) Su, director of the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, this is a lecture and interactive workshop exploring significant Asian American accomplishments. What is the impact of their legacy in a range of arenas including labor, politics, science, business, law, journalism, education, arts and culture? How can we acknowledge Asian American contributions without perpetuating the Model Minority myth? What role can student leaders play in strengthening Asian American communities?

Forum: The Asian American Collective
WHERE: On Wisconsin room, Red Gym
WHEN: 6:30-8:30PM, Friday November 2

Our director, Leslie Bow, will give a talk: How are Asians portrayed in the media? Organized by the Multicultural Student Coalition, the Asian American Collective is an event which will occur once per month, providing a forum in which people from all backgrounds can discuss Asian-American issues such as identity, equality, representation, stereotypes, and progression.

Public Lecture: Asian Am Performance and the Problem of Bad Acting
WHERE: B223 Van Vleck
WHEN: Thur October 18th 11:00am-12:15pm

Prof. Josephine Lee is a professor of English at University of Minnesota and author of “Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage.” At a time when Asian-American theater is enjoying a measure of growth and success, Josephine Lee tells us about the complex social and political issues depicted by Asian American playwrights. By looking at performances and dramatic texts, Lee argues that playwrights produce a different conception of “Asian America” in accordance with their unique set of sensibilities.

Asian American Collective Forum Meeting
WHERE: 2/F, Multicultural Student Center, Red Gym
WHEN: Fri, Oct 5, 2007 @ 5-7 p.m.

Jonathan Truong, a representative of the MultiCultural Student Coalition (MCSC), created the Asian American Collective, a monthly forum where Asian-Americans of all backgrounds can discuss ideas, issues, and represent.

Fred Ho Audition
Auditions begin at 6 p.m. in 549 Lathrop Hall, Monday, Oct. 1. It is for Asian American Studies 260: Afro-Asian Performance workshop: Revolutionary Movement, Sound and Word. The class meets Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Poets/writers/spoken word: one short monologue performance
Musicians: one short ORIGINAL work
Dancers: one short solo work

Asian American Mentorship + Student Leadership Potluck
WHERE: Multicultural Student Center, Red Gym
WHEN: Thurs, Sept 27, 2007 @ 6:30 p.m.

A potluck organizsed by Association of Asian American Graduate Students (AAAGS)

Diaspora Melancholy: Asian American Film Series 2007
Date: April 12-15, 2007

As part of 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival, this series will present eight films. 

An Evening of Cambodian Music
Date: March 21, 2007 Wednesday at 7:30pm
Place: Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building

An ensemble of Cambodian master musicians will play an array of folk music heard at weddings, in the temple, and for dance and dance-theater performances.

“Women of the Scarred Earth” spring dance performances
Date 1: March 2, 2007 at 3:30pm
Date 2: March 16, 2007 at 8pm
Place: Wisconsin Union Theater

Peggy Choy, director, producer and performing artist of the “Women of the Scarred Earth” performance and outreach project, presents two spring performances in Madison.

Chinese New Year Potluck (WOAA event)
Date: 6:00-9:00pm, Saturday, Feb 17, 2007
Place: Chadbourne Hall Main Lounge (first floor) 420 N. Park St

Bring a dish to share and bring a friend, family, partner, etc! All are welcome to attend. Parking is available on Brooks Street, Grainger Hall parking garage, HC White meters, Langdon Street, and Lake Street ramp.

Fall Unity Potluck (WOAA event)
6PM Oct 7, 2006 at the Unitarian Church, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison

The special guest Governor Jim Doyle will discuss how his policies will impact the Asian communities in Wisconsin.

Harvest Moon Festival Potluck (AAAGS event)
6:30PM Oct 6, 2006 at the Knapp House, 130 E Gilman Street, Madison

Bring a dish, a bottle, a friend or family member. RSVP by Oct 4 

What’s an Asian Man?: Masculinity, Gender, and Asian America
11AM-12:15PM Oct 3, 2006 at 223 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison

The guest speaker is Prof. Shilpa Dave of American Studies at Brandeis University.

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