July 27, 2004

Welcome!

Greetings! This blog provides information about the Hmong Resettlement in St. Paul, Minnesota. All information added will be of a general, public nature. Helpful links are in the right sidebar.

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Southeast Asian Ministry Prepares to Welcome Hmong Refugees from Thailand
As you have seen in local news, Hmong refugees in Thailand will begin arriving in the United States in late summer. Southeast Asian Ministry (SeAM), a partnership ministry of the St. Paul Area Synod, is beginning preparations for their arrival. As a long-time supporter of SeAM, Gloria Dei will assist with this ministry. If you are interested in helping, please contact Claire H. or Christine S., Co-Chairs, Outreach Committee, or the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church office.

For details on the 2004 resettlement of Hmong from the Wat Tham Krabok in Saraburi Province, Thailand, see the WAT Working Report (23 p. pdf) - also linked in this blog under Featured Links.

Posted by s-gang at 12:57 PM

Featured Links

Minnesota Resettlement Process for Hmong Refugees from Wat Tham Krabok
excerpt: The following information is provided by Refugee Resettlement Voluntary Agencies (Volags), to community organizations and family members, to help prepare for the arrival of Hmong refugees from Wat Tham Krabok in the Saraburi Province of Thailand.


WAT Working Group Report (pdf 23 pp.)
Wat Resettlement Working Group Report: Recommendations for Community Action Prepared by: Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans / Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum / Members of Wat Resettlement Working Group

Hmong English Dictionary
Saturn School of St. Paul, Minnesota. Includes a variety of language helps.

Refugee Health
excerpt: Minnesota's Refugee Health Program works with local health departments and private health care providers to offer each new refugee arrival a comprehensive screening examination, including appropriate follow-up or referral.

Education
Building Bridges: Educational Presentations about the Hmong
Come to the Minnesota Humanities Commission to learn about Hmong history, culture, religion and language; the Hmong role in the Vietnam War, common misconceptions about the Hmong, Hmong contributions to Minnesota, along with updated information on Hmong resettlement.


Building Bridges: Educational Presentations about the Hmong
Choose one of the following dates:
Thursday, August 12, 2004 (K-12 resources featured)
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 (Early Childhood resources featured)
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 (Community resources featured)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

It is estimated that over 5,000 more Hmong will be coming to Minnesota in the upcoming months as the last refugee camp in Thailand is closing. Come to the Minnesota Humanities Commission to learn about Hmong history, culture, religion and language; the Hmong role in the Vietnam War, common misconceptions about the Hmong, Hmong contributions to Minnesota, along with updated information on Hmong resettlement. The program includes the film “Becoming American: Odyssey of a Hmong Refugee Family” and displays of Hmong literacy resources. Guest speakers include Txong Pao Lee and Mark Pfeifer of the Hmong Cultural Center.
Fee: $25; includes lunch and a copy of Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom. Register online now or learn more about our Hmong Translation Initiative.

Posted by s-gang at 1:20 PM

Books

Read on for recommended Adult Nonfiction and Children's Books about the Hmong People:

Search the St. Paul Public Library for books about Hmong.
(454 titles found on July 27, 2004)

Recommended titles include:
ADULT NONFICTION
Duffy, John, et al.
The Hmong: an Introduction to Their History and Culture

Fadiman, Anne.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
copy at Gloria Dei - call number 13F

Hamilton-Merritt, Jane.
Tragic Mountains: the Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992.
copy at Gloria Dei call number 17H


CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Cha, Dia.
Dia's Story Cloth
copy at Gloria Dei call number 6C

Shea, Pegi Deitz.
Tangled threads : a Hmong girl's story
New York : Clarion Books, c2003.
copy at St. Paul Public Library, Highland branch - FICTION (JUV)

Shea, Pegi Deitz.
Whispering Cloth: a Refugee's Story

Xiong, Blia Nine-in-One: Grr! A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos

Posted by s-gang at 1:52 PM

July 29, 2004

Story Cloth

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Story Cloth
Artist: Lu Vang family, Minneapolis, Minnesota Medium: Textile
Memorial to former UW River Falls Library Staff member Joyce Gnatzig

For more information visit:
http://www.uwrf.edu/library/exhibits/storycloth.html

Posted by s-gang at 10:32 AM