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Amerasia weeks closes with Multicultural Night

The Amerasia Organization hosted a multicultural night on April 5 in which individuals from various asian and pacific islander backgrounds celebrated their cultures. The event brought together members of different backgrounds to highlight their uniqueness as well as to learn ...

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Former Fresno State student lost her parents to homicide, suicide

A former Fresno State student and her siblings are reeling from loss after her parents died – her mother falling victim to homicide along with her mother’s boyfriend and her father ending his own life after. Mai Ker Vue, also ...

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A glimpse into the newest minor on campus

A Fresno State graduate said she would have minored in Hmong if she’d had the opportunity. Monique Vang graduated in spring 2016 with a bachelor’s in mass communication and journalism and only took three Hmong courses while at the university ...

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Enhancing the Hmong culture

The enrollment rate for Hmong students at Fresno State has doubled since 2011, making the ethnic group one of the few to have a dramatic enrollment increase.   In fall 2011, there were 790 Hmong students enrolled, and as of ...

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New Hmong Minor a Glimpse into Future

First in the western United States and fifth in the nation, Fresno State plans to offer a Hmong minor next semester through the Linguistic Department in the College of Arts and Humanities. The Central Valley has one of the largest ...

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Understanding Hmong culture through shamanism

A panel of Hmong Americans discussed their daily lives in American society, stating their weekends are sacred for them to practice their beliefs, while the work week is a cultural compromise they must make in western society as the Cross ...

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University’s diversity recognized with weeklong event

Fresno State is recognizing diversity on campus by holding the second annual Cross Cultural Celebration Week, a weeklong event celebrating different cultures that make up the campus community. Geraldine Panelo Elizondo, assistant director for student involvement at Fresno State, along ...

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Preserving and adapting

During the 1960s, the United States recruited Hmong people to fight on the side of Americans in the Vietnam War. The Hmong, an ethnic minority group originating in China and Southeast Asia, then participated in what is known as the “Secret War.”

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Far removed from their homeland, many Hmong learn to thrive in California’s Central Valley

Manlia Vang has called California’s Central Valley home all her life. Not so for her parents, or some of her older siblings. The fifth oldest of 13 children, Vang was born several years after her parents immigrated to America from a Thai refugee camp in 1980. They were among the first wave of Hmong refugees fleeing from war-torn Laos, the traditonal Hmong homeland.

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