The Qeej Notes newsletter provides information about what is going on at Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul. Newsletter Contact: Xai Lor.

Hmong Cultural Center Meets Charities Review Council Standards

In January 2012, after an almost year-long process involving Hmong Cultural Center's staff and board of directors, HCC earned the "Meets Standards" designation from the Minnesota Charities Review Council. Hmong Cultural Center is one of the first Asian organizations in the state of Minnesota to successfully undergo the rigorous review of organizational procedures and finances required to earn the CRC's "Meets Standards" designation. Click here to view the MN CRC's report on Hmong Cultural Center.

Qeej Notes: Newsletter of the Hmong Cultural Center

May 2012, Volume 1, Number 1

Hmong Cultural Center receives funding support from Otto Bremer Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Department of Revenue, Minnesota Historical Society, National Endowment for the Arts and the Saint Paul Foundation Asian Pacific Endowment

In recent months, Hmong Cultural Center has received important support from numerous funders. In March 2012, Hmong Cultural Center received a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to support its Citizenship classes targeted toward the needs of elderly and disabled Hmong refugees. These classes have had a waiting list at the center due to limited class space. The grant will also help support transportation services in the center's Citizenship and English as a Second Language (ESL classes).

In January 2012, Hmong Cultural Center received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support its afterschool Qeej musical instrument instruction classes for children and youth.
In early 2012, Hmong Cultural Center received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Revenue to support the coordination of a free volunteer-run tax clinic to the community in the Spring 2012 tax season.

In the Fall of 2011, Hmong Cultural Center received a MN Historical and Cultural Grant from the Legacy grants program of the Minnesota Historical Society to support the development of a book project in partnership with the Hmong Archives which will involve the translation and cultural interpretation of Hmong marriage and funeral songs.

Hmong Cultural Center is currently developing a website in partnership with the Hmong Archives to teach about Hmong embroidery with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Saint Paul Foundation Asian Pacific Endowment. 

Hmong Cultural Center is very grateful to all of these funders for their support of our mission and our community.

Hmong Resource Center Library at HCC Serves the Community

Did you know that Hmong Cultural Center is the home to the Hmong Resource Center Library? The Hmong Resource Center Library was founded in the late 1990s to provide a comprehensive collection of Hmong-related materials to the community. 

The growing collections include around 850 Hmong-related books, 260 Hmong-related theses and dissertations, 860 Hmong-related academic journal articles, over 3,500 Hmong-related newspaper articles and more than 200 videos. The library possesses the largest centralized collection of Hmong-related theses and dissertations and journal articles of any institution in the United States.

In 2011, 230 persons visited the library to utilize its collections. More than 40% of the visitors were associated with a college or university in Minnesota or elsewhere while the remainder were community members.

Read the Hmong Resource Center Library's Spring 2012 newsletter to learn about recent acquisitions and other library news.

Visit the Hmong Resource Center Library website for a comprehensive list of our catalog holdings and other library information:

Citizenship and ESL Classes Throughout the Day at HCC

Citizenship classes at HCC prepare students for their citizenship exams by teaching them about American history, government, the legal system, and other principles. ESL Classes at HCC teach adult basic English vocabulary and grammar, and importantly, interpersonal communication skills to prepare them for everyday life and the American working environment. Hmong Cultural Center is a member of the Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium (SPCLC)

Hmong Cultural Center currently offers the following Citizenship and ESL Classes to the community:

Citizenship Class:       
Mon. - Thurs.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Citizenship Class:       
Tues - Thurs.
10:00 AM - 12 :00 PM

Citizenship Class:       
Tues. & Thurs.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Medical Waiver Citizenship Class (Elderly and Disabled Hmong Refugees):    
Mon. & Tues.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Medical Waiver Citizenship Class (Elderly and Disabled Hmong Refugees):    
Wed. & Thurs.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ESL Class:        
Mon - Fri.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ESL Class:        
Mon. - Fri.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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