The Qeej Notes newsletter provides information about what is going on at Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul. Newsletter Contact  Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD
Chai Lee of HCC featured on TPT's Minnesota Original

A former student at Hmong Cultural Center himself, for the past several years, Chai Lee has helped teach hundreds of children and youth about the Qeej instrument tradition as the Qeej program coordinator at HCC on University Avenue in Saint Paul.

Hmong Cultural Center is very proud that Chai was recently featured on an episode of Twin Cities Public Television's (TPT) Minnesota Original about the diverse arts landscape in Minnesota.

Check out the Minnesota Original program segment with Chai Lee at this link:

Read the Hmong Times interview with Chai Lee about the TPT segment here:


HCC Partners with Museology and Design Uake on Expanded Hmong History and Culture Exhibits

Hmong Cultural Center is partnering in 2016 with Minneapolis-based museum exhibit production company Museology to expand our permanent Hmong Minnesota: Yesterday and Today exhibit to include several additional panels on Hmong History and Culture.  When completed, visitors throughout the year will be able to learn about Hmong history prior to the Vietnam War era, the Hmong diaspora around the world, Hmong clans, Hmong religion, the Hmong language and evolving patterns of Hmong residence in the Twin Cities area. HCC is also working with Consultant Sieng Lee of Design Uake on new labels for 8 permanent exhibit cases on Hmong material culture. Look for the newly enhanced visitor exhibits to launch at our offices in the Little Mekong District of Saint Paul in the Fall of 2016!

HCC on GiveMN

Hmong Cultural Center's 2016 Fundraising Campaign on GiveMN is in progress! This year's donated funds will be used to support the Qeej and Dance programs for children and youth. Support Hmong Cultural Center's mission of "promoting the personal development of children, youth, and adults through education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons" by giving a donation at the center's GiveMN webpage.

Hmong Cultural Center Meets
Accountability Standards

In 2015, Hmong Cultural Center successfully completed the rigorous organizational governance and accountability review process of the Minnesota Charities Review Council (CRC) to earn the designation "Meets Standards" from the CRC for the next 3 years.  With the designation, Hmong Cultural Center is part of the Charities Review Council's annual donor guide. HCC also held the CRC's "Meet Standards" status from 2012-2014. Hmong Cultural Center is currently the only Hmong organization in the state of Minnesota to be so recognized by the CRC. Read HCC's Accountability Review report here:
Summer 2016

Hmong Cultural Center receives new funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Saint Paul Foundation, Sunrise Banks, the Metro Regional Arts Council, the Saint Paul Cultural Star program, the Moneygram Foundation and the Asian Pacific Endowment 

In May 2016, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Qeej instruction program including new curriculum books and a new online Qeej class. 

In May 2016, Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota was awarded a new Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for the Hmong Minnesota Folk Culture Permanent Exhibit Planning Project. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.This project will involve exhibit planning for the incorporation of interactive audio/visual elements teaching visitors about Hmong musical instruments and Hmong folk art forms including wedding and funeral songs as part of HCC's Hmong History Center and Library. 

In May 2016, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the Saint Paul Foundation's Management Improvement Fund to support the development of a marketing and business plan for our Hmong History Center and Library.

In January 2016, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the City of Saint Paul Cultural Star Program to support exhibits on Hmong Folk Arts and Culture as part of our Hmong History Center and Library. Also in January 2016, the center received a grant from Sunrise Banks to support our exhibits center. 

In December 2015, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a Community Arts grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to support traditional Hmong and Asian dance classes for children and youth.

In October 2015, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the Moneygram Foundation to support the expansion of children's reading materials in our Hmong History Center and Library.

In September 2015, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation to support exhibits on Hmong Folk Arts and Culture as part of our Hmong History Center and Library.

Hmong Cultural Center is very grateful to all of these funders for their important support of our mission and our community.
Launch of Moneygram Children's Corner

On May 2, 2016, Moneygram Chairman and Chief Executive of Moneygram Pamela Patsley as well as staff of the Moneygram Foundation based in Dallas, TX and local Moneygram partners joined Hmong Cultural Center for a special event celebrating the launch of the Moneygram Children's Corner, a unique collection of bilingual children's books intended to promote children's literacy as part of HCC's Hmong History Center and Library. To view photos from this special event visit:

Successful Year for Adult Education Program at Hmong Cultural Center

In the just concluding state reporting year, Hmong Cultural Center served 355 immigrant and refugee students with more than 28,000 hours of Citizenship and English classes. More than 200 of these students were served with classes to help study for the U.S. Citizenship exam and interview, the remaining students attended Beginning and Intermediate English classes at our offices on University Avenue as well as satellite sites at the Mount Airy Community Center and First Baptist Church in Saint Paul. To learn more about the schedule of Adult Basic Education classes provided at Hmong Cultural Center visit:

Dr. Linda Gerdner Presents
at HCC on Hmong Shamanism

On April 21, 2016, Dr. Linda Gerdner presented her new book Demystifying Hmong Shamanism: Practice and Use by Hmong Americans Across the Lifespan (Bauu Press) to a sizable audience at Hmong Cultural Center.

Demystifying Hmong Shamanism is the first book to provide a comprehensive discussion of shamanism as practiced and experienced by Hmong Americans.

Learn more about the book here:
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