Chico State in Northern California has announced plans to make permanent the Hmong Cultural Roots and Contemporary Issues course.
The class has been offered several times, but this is the first time it will be offered full time, reported the Chico ER
The move is at least partly intended to meet the high demand for teachers with Hmong bilingual authorization.
“This will assist teachers to have the knowledge and skills in those three areas,” Zartman said. “It’s going to help any educator working with this population.”
Chico State plans to offer the class full time by next fall.
The announcement comes one year after students from Chico State organized a year long exhibition at the Chico Museum entitled “We Are Hmong: We Are Your Neighbors” .
That exhibition which opened January 15 was initiated by participants in Chico State’s youth academic outreach program.
Another exhibition, Hmong Reflections, opened January 26 at the Valene L. Smith Anthropology Museum at CSU, Chico and ran until July.
That exhibition was developed over 15 weeks by 19 students enrolled in anthropology professor William Nitzky’s “Exhibit Research, Design, and Installation” class.
MaiHoua Lo saw a part of her family’s journey to the United States. They escaped Vietnam by crossing the Mekong River into Thailand in the late 1970s.
“I remember parts and pieces of it, like a dream,” said Lo, now a financial aid advisor at CSU, Chico.
Others appreciated learning about something they admittedly were not familiar with.
“I have friends that were Hmong. But I had no clue how they came to the US, and I had no clue about their culture,” said Erica Hill, an anthropology major.
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