Assignment: Education - Hmong Education Project

Assignment: Education - Hmong Education Project

LA CROSSE, Wis. - A project designed to teach kids about the Hmong culture has been expanded to include the entire community.

For the past 10 years, the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency has teamed up with the La Crosse School District to present the Hmong Education Project for all fourth graders in the district.

Over the course of seven days, more than 500 students spend half of their school day at the cultural center learning about the Hmong culture.

The students rotate through 30-minute lessons on topics such as traditional Hmong village life in Laos and Hmong clothing, textiles and language. 

“Green Hmong wear really colorful and patterned clothes and the white Hmong wear like a white skirt and plain clothes,” said SOTA I fifth grader Bree Scholl.

The students also learn about the hardships faced by Hmong people when escaping Laos, life in a Thailand refugee camp,  and the Hmong involvement with the U.S. military during the Vietnam era.

This year, the cultural center has begun inviting the entire community to take part in the Hmong Education Project by hosting two community days next week.

"We want to extend our history to the people that... don't know about Hmong people yet so that they can get to know Hmong people more better,” said Hmoob Cultural and Community Center board President Xaochor Vang.

“Part of being in a community is getting to know people who live next door to you, or your neighbors or friends that you have in the school, and maybe not just know them but learn about their history. Learn about their culture,” said NaoHoua Tony Yang, Hmong Education Project co-director.

The Hmong Education Project Community Days will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 19 and 20 at the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency.

The public will receive a tour, learn about the culture and enjoy some food tasting.

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