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Hmong History, Culture, and Tradition

February 18, 2019, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Madison Municipal Building, Room 206

Mai Zong Vue, M.S.S.W. is the founder and President of The Hmong Institute. Mai Zong is also a cultural trainer and folklore performer, including Hmong poetry song and story telling. She is an alumni of UW-Madison, and has been an advocate for her family, extended family, and the Hmong community since the 1980s.

Mai Zong’s advocacy and grass roots activism led to the development of Hmong and refugee women non-profit agencies in Wisconsin and Georgia.

Nationally, Mai Zong served on a variety of boards that help improve the lives of others. Internationally, she volunteered as a delegate to global gatherings that aim to advance the status of women and children, including the State Department’s Hmong-Lao Oversea Delegation to Laos in 2011, the Hmong American Delegation to Napho refugee camp in 1996, and the United Nation’s 4th Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

Mai Zong has over 30 years of experience serving Hmong communities and received numerous awards and honors for her tireless effort in serving the poor, including the YWCA of Dane County’s Women of Distinction and the Authentic Hmong Leaders and Trailblazers award.

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