Celebrating Friends and Family for Hmong Culture Day

First Annual Event on Nov. 23

by EMMA GABBERT, CSU Public Relations Assistant


Friends and Family is this year’s theme as the Hmong Student Association at Minnesota State University, Mankato hosts its first annual Hmong Culture Day on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

In their first annual event, the Hmong Student Association plans to promote their culture as a whole, highlighting the food, drinks, clothing, and family and friend traditions of the Hmong people.

The Hmong Student Association will also showcase a skit that shows the experience of being a Hmong child in America and the possible challenges they may face.

Yuepheng Thao, the PR and Marketing Director of the Hmong Student Association, shares the main message the organization wants to send to the campus and surrounding community.

“Our main goal is to present our culture to people of all backgrounds. We want them to learn about our traditions within the giant cultural melting pot of America.”

Yuepheng Thao, PR and Marketing Director of the Hmong Student Association

Toward the conclusion of the event, performers will engage with the audience through a dance called “Loso”, which Nanthidah Yang, President of the Hmong Student Association at Minnesota State University, Mankato relates to the famous American dance “the cha-cha slide.”

If you are interested in getting involved in the Hmong student association, they meet bi-weekly and trade-off between cultural workshops and informative presentations. 

Cultural workshops include learning about Hmong traditions and customs, while the informative presentations address events coming up and the activities the group will participate in at the following meeting. 

Event tickets will be:

  • $6 in advance
  • $8 at the door
  • $40 for a table of 8
  • $50 for a table of 10 if you have a group.

Admission is free for those under 5 years of age or over 65 years.

ONLINE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: https://hsamankato.square.site/

This event is open to the campus and the surrounding Mankato community. For more infromation, check out their facebook event page or contact:
Yuepheng Thao – (PR and Marketing) yuepheng.thao@mnsu.edu
Nanthidah Yang – (President) nanthida.yang@mnsu.edu



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