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Understanding Hmong Culture

Argosy University, Twin Cities

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

Understanding Hmong Culture

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Registration: 9:00 – 9:30am

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 651-846-2882.

Session I:  9:30 – 10:45am

Introduction to Hmong Culture

Presenters:Mai Vang (Gemicam, Inc.) & Chong Pao Lee (Director, Hmong Culture Center)

Overview:This session introduces the 18 Hmong clans and describes how the traditional Hmong community structure has changed in Minnesota. Areas covered: traditional Hmong approaches to medicine, healthcare decision-making, mental health counseling and divorce.


Session II: 11:00 – 12:30pm

Child Protection & Social Services: The case study of Marla Thao

Presenter: Marla Thao

Facilitator: Mai Vang

Panelists: Dr. Koua Vang (Director, Asian Pacific Islander Learning Resource Center), Robert Blong Lor (President, 18 Council), Dr. Chong Chang (Pastor, Hmong Christian Church)

Overview:This session will introduce the case of a Hmong child who was removed from her family home, and subsequently, was unable to reintegrate into the Hmong community. She turned to prostitution and eventually was convicted of human trafficking. Participants will be asked “how could this have been avoided?”


Lunch:   12:30 – 1:15pm (available for purchase in Campus Commons)

Local Outreach Efforts to the Hmong Community

Presenter:  Pahoua Yang (Clinical Manager at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)


Session III:   1:30 – 3:00pm

Healthcare & The Hmong Coummunity: The case study of True Vang

Presenter: True Vang

Facilitator: Mai Vang

Panelists: Dr. Pang Foua Yang Rhodes (Argosy University Asst. Professor), Dr. Churekai Malle (Owner, Metro Acupuncture), Nao Thao (Hmong Shaman)

Overview:This session will introduce the case of a young Hmong wife & mother who was brought to a local hospital unconscious following an automobile accident. The family requested a shaman to attend to her. Their request was denied; creating a clash of traditional Hmong culture and Western healthcare practices. Participants will be asked “what trust-building methods could have been used to avoid this situation?”

Have questions about Understanding Hmong Culture? Contact Argosy University, Twin Cities

When & Where

Argosy University, Twin Cities
1515 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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