The Multicultural Center at UWS kicks off it's Global Awareness Week

By KBJR News 1

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM CDT


The Multicultural Center at UWS kicked off it's Global Awareness Week.

UW–Superior Alumnus Pao Vang spoke about the Hmong experience and how generations have adjusted to Life in the U.S. He was joined by two current UWS students of Southern Asian decent, who shared their stories as well.

The Hmong people secretly joined forces with America during the Vietnam war. After the war ended many were displaced and many migrated to the US.

Vang shared his story on assimilation in a different nation.

"Because of the benefits that the Hmong people gave to us during the Vietnam war they now have a home, says Chip Biel, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator.

"When I came to America I was about 18 or 19 years old. The language was the most difficult for me. And also the people here seemed giant to me so it was a very frightening experience for me," says Pao Vang, UWS Alum who originated from Southeast Asia.

The weeks will host various speakers and events to promote diversity on campus.

Global Awareness continues tonight, when UWS will showcase the film "The Ramallah Concert – Knowledge is the Beginning," a film about conflict and tension in Israel and Palestine.