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'Journey to the West' is theme of Hmong New Year celebration

December 2, 2013

The Hmong Stout Student Association will host its seventh annual Hmong New Year celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Sports and Fitness Center at UW-Stout.

Tou Ger XiongThe theme is "Journey to the West." Tou Ger Xiong, Hmong story teller, comedian, community activist, artist and actor, will be the keynote speaker. Xiong will reflect on the collective experience of Hmong refugees who immigrated to the United States.

Traditionally, Hmong villages and communities throughout Southeast Asia host a New Year celebration with family and friends from surrounding communities to mark the end of the harvest season.

The event, which is open to the public, will include Hmong traditional and contemporary games, food, information booths, art displays and entertainment. One of the traditional games demonstrated will be ball tossing, or Pov Pob, a courting game where partners toss a ball back and forth as they engage in conversation. A men's and women's volleyball tournament with teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota also will be held.

Admission is free for UW-Stout students and $2 at the door for community members.

For more information, contact Maikou Yang, Hmong New Year chair. 

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