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11/29/2016 4:30:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Hmong Asian American Cultural Club

By Billy Thao

Hmong Asian American Cultural Club will be hosting their second Hmong New Year at Woodbury High School on December, 9th. Last year, Hmong Asian American Cultural Club hosted their first Hmong New Year with a successful result of over 200 guests and raised over $500. However, the club is more than celebrating the Hmong New Year with delicious food, fun games, and cultural performances; it is about bringing the Hmong community together, educating, and celebrating the roots of the Hmong culture.

"The purpose of this club was to gather all different kinds of students to learn about the Hmong culture, to be a part of more than academics, and to engage/inform about who we are, what we do, where we came from, when was all of this change, and why we are in America," quoted Audia Thao, the founder and president of Woodbury High School's Hmong Asian American Cultural Club. "Even though we all enjoy hosting a wonderful event for our friends and families, passion, love, and connecting to our roots are what's important."

Hmong Asian American Cultural Club was founded in April 2015 by Audia Thao and Alli Yang. Back in 2015, the students were slowly straying from the Hmong culture within Woodbury High School. However, the founders had a vision yet had little knowledge of the success and its future: to form a club that could bring back their language and culture, to connect, to feel supported, to share their culture to Washington County, and to come together.

On the first day they had more than 10 students who attended the meeting. Soon, the club began its journey with holding an election, weekly meetings, recruiting more students, and becoming leaders. With addition to the club, the students learn to find comfort within their identities, share ideas, converse about the importance of gender roles, and to create a family.

Today, the board members of Hmong Asian American Cultural Club are: president, Audia Thao; vice-president, Maegi Yang; secretary, Cynthia Yang, and advisor, Jackie Bock.

Since its inception and hosting the first Hmong New Year, Hmong Asian American Cultural Club is confident of their second year of hosting the Hmong New Year and its accomplishments. "I hope that this year we accomplish more than just teamwork, more than just family, more than just an event," said Audia. "I hope we can come out as better leaders, better organizers, and better Hmong people for our community."

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