The Qeej Notes newsletter provides information about what is going on at Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul. Newsletter Contact: Xai Lor., a partnership between the Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Archives Launches

Hmong Cultural Center has launched in partnership with the Hmong Archives. is the first virtual Hmong textiles museum.  The idea for began with the staff and board of directors of the Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Archives almost two years ago. The two organizations were looking for a way to combine resources to create a substantive online educational website intended to promote awareness and appreciation of the Hmong embroidery arts.  Funding support for the project was received from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation.

The site is intended to provide an overview and exhibits of a wide range of more than 200 Hmong embroidered artworks including both traditional and more modern styles. Pieces in the exhibits include paj ntaub, applique, reverse applique, batik, Hmong attire, Hmong-inspired designs and crafts and ornaments. Each exhibited piece on the site is accompanied by an interpretative narrative which discusses key motifs and symbols as well as techniques used in the development of the artwork. In addition, the site also includes a glossary of embroidery-related terms and a guide to common symbols used in Hmong embroidery designs.  

The Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Archives hope to be able to raise additional funds over the coming year to put together community exhibits of some of the artworks featured on the website. This innovative project intended to promote knowledge of traditional Hmong folk arts has received considerable attention in the Twin Cities media. The Saint Paul Pioneer Press featured the new virtual museum on its editorial page on August 23, 2012. The new website was the focus of a news story in the Asian American Press on August 24, 2012. Hmong Cultural Center staff have also been interviewed about the project for a story that may appear in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Take a few minutes to check out the virtual exhibits in our new online museum, and let us know what you think!

HCC Featured on TPT's Museums Creating Community

Hmong Cultural Center was recently featured on the Twin Cities Public Television program Museums Creating Community, a documentary about the diverse array of museums representing different cultural and local traditions in Minnesota. The main segment featuring HCC is included at around the 21 minute mark of the 26 minute program. Check it out by visiting the link above.

Qeej Notes: Newsletter of the Hmong Cultural Center

Fall 2012, Volume 1, Number 2

Hmong Cultural Center receives new funding support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation and the Metro Regional Arts Council 

In September 2012, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a fiscal year 2013 Folk Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support its Hmong Marriage and Funeral Songs classes which are part of the center's long-running Cultural Customs program. Over the past 20 years, Hmong Cultural Center has trained an entire generation of young adults and adults as cultural specialists with the knowledge and ability to orally recite the canon of funeral and marriage songs associated with the traditional Hmong marriage and funeral ceremonies, allowing the survival of these important forms of indigenous Hmong ceremonial culture in the lives of Hmong Minnesotans. This grant will allow the community to continue to access these classes. 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.

In October 2012, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a fiscal year 2013 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to support the planning of interpretative exhibits related to Hmong history in Minnesota as part of a Hmong American History Center and Library at our offices in Saint Paul.  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.

In October 2012, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded 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 2013 tax season.

In October 2012, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation to support the upgrading of the Hmong Resource Library's library catalog software. 

In October 2012, Hmong Cultural Center was awarded a grant from the Management Consulting Fund of the Metro Regional Arts Council to support a strategic planning process.

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

New Webpages for Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Resource Center Library

The Hmong Cultural Center has launched a new organizational webpage at The redesigned webpage has a strong emphasis on social media outreach related to HCC's programs as well as multicultural education and research resources. Flyers may be downloaded and printed out for the center's programs and its updated Hmong 101 presentation. Check it out, feedback is strongly welcomed!

The Hmong Cultural Center has also launched a new website for the Hmong Resource Center Library at The website includes information about the library including library policies, hours and updated dissertations, books and journal articles holdings lists.  The new website also includes links to the library newsletter (current and back issues), and a special webpage documenting the strong collection of Hmong Health-related research included in the library. The Hmong Health collection encompasses about ¼ of the entire library collection and includes dozens of theses and dissertations and hundreds of journal articles related to studies of Hmong Health (including special collections pertaining to Elderly Hmong Health, Disabilities, Mental Health, Pregnancy and Childbirth, and Sudden Nightmare Death Syndrome (SUNDS).  Of broad interest to those in Minnesota and elsewhere will be the new Hmong Studies Virtual Library which is part of the new library website. The Hmong Studies Virtual Library is a comprehensive listing of Hmong-related research publications available in full-text on the internet. Check out the New Hmong Resource Center Library webpage today!

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.

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

Hmong Cultural Center 2012 Summer Picnic

On June 22, 2012 Hmong Cultural Center held its annual summer picnic at Central Park in Roseville, MN. At this event attended by more than 100 community members, Hmong Cultural Center provided recognition to students who have participated the center’s Adult Basic Education classes (ESL and Citizenship) as well as Qeej Instrument, Dance, and Marriage and Funeral Song classes over the past year. A traditional Hmong lunch was served and the center’s Qeej and Dance Troupes shared several performances with the attendees.
A highlight of the picnic was an award presentation made to retiring Minnesota State Representative Nora Slawik. Rep. Slawik received the center’s Community Impact Award to recognize the important assistance she has provided to support Medical Waiver Citizenship classes at Hmong Cultural Center. These popular Citizenship classes help elderly and disabled Hmong refugees learn the concepts of the U.S. Citizenship exam so that they may pass the Citizenship test and become American Citizens.  
Txongpao Lee, Executive Director of Hmong Cultural Center stated: “Hmong Cultural Center was very pleased to be honor Rep. Nora Slawik with our 2012 Community Impact Award. We are so grateful for her help. In part due to her assistance, Hmong Cultural Center has been able to provide Citizenship classes to large numbers of elderly and disabled Hmong over the past year. The medical waiver citizenship classes continue to have high enrollments at the center and there continues to be a strong need for these classes among older and disabled Hmong refugees.” Photos from the picnic may be viewed on the Hmong Cultural Center's Facebook page.

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