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Learning from Place: Hmong St. Paul

May 4 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT

Composite image of storefronts, shoppers, a shop owner, and various goods sold at Hmong Marketplace in St. Paul.

Join us for an immersive journey into the heart of St. Paul’s vibrant Hmong community! St. Paul is home to the largest Hmong population in the United States, with deep roots on the East Side. Our guide for the day is Chong Yang, a high school educator who grew up in the neighborhood after coming to Minnesota at the age of six from a refugee camp in Thailand. Our day begins and ends at the Minnesota Humanities Center. During a short bus tour, Chong will share insights and stories while pointing out Hmong businesses and landmarks, such as the Minnesota Memorial to The Special Forces in Laos, commemorating the Hmong involvement in the Southeast Asia War. Our first destination is the Hmong Cultural Center Museum where we will hear a special presentation and have time to explore the exhibits showcasing the rich heritage, traditions, and contributions of the Hmong people in Minnesota. Next, we will visit the iconic HmongTown Marketplace, home to 125 small businesses and food vendors. We will meet the owner and learn about his incredible story, followed by a guided tour of the bustling market. There will be time for independent shopping and lunch.

This is a collaboration with Hmong Cultural Center and HmongTown Marketplace.

K-12 educators will receive 4 clock hours.


Space is limited to 45 participants.

Please note: Registration cost does not include food. Participants are encouraged to support the financial recovery of small businesses by making purchases from the businesses they learn about on the tour. We recommend bringing cash, as not all vendors accept credit cards.

If cost is a barrier, please contact Jessica Rust at jessica@mnhum.org before registering.

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May 4
8:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
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Minnesota Humanities Event Center
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Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States
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