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Nov. 21: Hmong Student Association Culture Day Event

Guests are asked to wear semi-formal or Hmong attire to event, which will take place from 4-7:30 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-16-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Hmong Student Association will host its culture day event on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 4-7:30 p.m. on campus in the Centennial Student Ballroom.

The event will feature keynote speaker, Bao Vang, the president/CEO of Hmong American Partnership, a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and based in St. Paul, Minn.

Other events include cultural performances, authentic food and an after party.

The year 2015 marks 40 years that the Hmong have lived in the United States since fleeing to the country in 1975. In holding the culture day event, the Hmong Student Association thanks and remembers the legacy left behind by their parents and Hmong veterans, as well as U.S. veterans who helped fight a covert war known as the “Secret War” in Laos.

The Hmong Student Association has a goal of attracting 500 guests to the event. The public is encouraged to bring family and friends, and professors are encouraged to open up the event for extra credit for their students. Guests are asked to observe a semi-formal dress code (blue, indigo or black) or wear Hmong attire to the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8, or in advance for $6. Free admission is offered to guests ages 65 and older, or to toddlers who cannot yet walk. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the Hmong Student Association’s ticketing table in the Centennial Student Union MavAve on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online here.

Those who want more information on the event may contact Nelsie Yang, a Minnesota State Mankato student and public relations and marketing coordinator for the Hmong Student Association, by phone at 763-291-3738 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato event sponsors include the Division of Institutional Diversity, Office of Asian American Affairs and Student Activities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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