April 25, 2011
How did the Hmong become embroiled in a war not of their own making? What role did they serve during the Vietnam War? What forces propelled them from their homeland to the refugee camps of Thailand and ultimately here to the United States?
Dr. Paul Hillmer, author of A People’s History of the Hmong, will discuss these and other topics during a free presentation this Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm @MCPL Wausau. Hillmer is a professor of American History at Concordia University in St Paul, MN and Director of the Hmong Oral History Project. He and his students interviewed and recorded stories from over 200 Hmong individuals. These interviews form the foundation of his book which was published in December 2009. His book won a 2010 American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Merit, and 2010 WOW Award by the Leadership in History Awards Committee. Watch a YouTube video about his book using this link
Paul Hillmer will also be keynote speaker at the Hmong Heritage Month luncheon on Friday, April 29, 11:00am at the Rose Garden in Wausau. At the luncheon he will discuss how he, a Midwestern German Lutheran, got involved in Hmong history. He will also discuss what he has he learned along the way, why he wrote a book, and what does he hope to pass on to the next generation of Hmong in the United States. The luncheon is open to everyone. Cost for the luncheon is $20.00/person and $10.00/studentsor seniors. Tickets for the luncheon are still available, and can be purchased by calling the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association, 715-842-8390.
The story of the Hmong people is every American's story. Don’t miss it. Paul Hillmer’s presentation @MCPL Wausau is FREE on Thursday April 28, 6:30pm. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing after his program. See you there.