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Wisconsin's Asian American Communities: History, Culture, and Achievements at Virtual

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Audience: Any Age

Categories: History/Genealogy, Educational Interest, Virtual

Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month!       Register for the program here.      Although they represent a small percentage of Wisconsin's population, people of Asian descent have been in the state since at least 1880. In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, UW-Milwaukee historian Chia Youyee Vang will provide a brief history of Wisconsin's diverse Asian American communities, their rich traditions, and their contributions to the state.   Dr. Chia Youyee Vang is Professor of History and Associate Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement at UW-Milwaukee. She is also founder and director of the Hmong Diaspora Studies program. Her teaching and research interests include twentieth century U.S. foreign relations, Cold War in Asia, Asian American history, Hmong history, refugee migration and transnational and diasporic communities.Dr. Vang has published many articles on Hmong/Southeast Asian refugees/Americans. She is author of three books: Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War (Oxford University Press, 2019), Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora (University of Illinois Press, 2010), and Hmong in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008). She co-edited (with Faith Nibbs and Ma Vang) Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and in 2018, she served as co-guest editor (with Yang Sao Xiong and Nengher Vang) of "Hmong American and Diaspora Studies: Perspectives and Prospects." Amerasia Journal, Volume 44, Number 2. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She also holds an M.A. degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in political science, with an emphasis on international relations, and French from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has received recognition for her commitment to diversity and excellence in higher education: University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Diversity Award-Individual (2016), Wisconsin Women Making History (2015); UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award (2014), and Hmong Woman of the Year by the Hmong Consortium (2010).

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