Explore the cultural richness of China while advancing your Hmong language skills.
|Housing||Dormitory, Homestay, Hotel|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||Preference given to students with a basic level of spoken Hmong. Reading and writing ability is recommended but not required.|
Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province, located in the south of the People’s Republic of China. The Hmong community traces their most recent roots to China as the ancestral country. Through this course, you will cover in depth Hmong history and cultural roots in the different regions of China, as well as different dialects associated with different regions. You will have the chance to explore similarities and differences of social norms, clothing, art, and customs of the Hmong in China from the perspective of the Hmong diaspora in the US. Through firsthand research with villagers and cultural exchanges, you will learn in depth what cultural life is like for the Hmong people in China.
Throughout our time in China, we will analyze and reflect on the Hmong community in the United States compared to Hmong in China. We will discuss Hmong in diaspora and how it has affected, changed, and shifted Hmong language and culture. You will be able to apply your Hmong language skills to connect with other students and teachers abroad.
Within this course, you will learn about the differences of the Hmong reading and writing systems in China, compared to Hmong American texts. You will have ample opportunities in the classroom with Hmong Chinese professors, as well as in-the-field oral and written language experience through homestays and language exchange with other Hmong students in China. You will also learn more in depth about Hmong terminology, in both formal and informal contexts, in everyday social settings and in music, art, and songs.
You will live in a hotel with other program participants—generally two to four per room. Some meals, including a welcome and farewell meal, are included in the program fee. In the final week of the program, you will experience a short homestay with host families in Xiaodala to get a taste of Hmong life in China.
The course will be primarily centered around Kunming, China, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the language and culture. Excursions may include:
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
This course is led by Bee Vang-Moua, the Director of Hmong Language Program at the University of Minnesota who is also a part of the Hmong Women Leadership cohorts in the Twin Cities. She led the Moua Women Cohort to China in 2016, the summer 2018 Hmong Language Immersion & Culture program in China, and the summer 2019 Hmong Language & Cultural Immersion program in Thailand.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000-level coursework|
One 3-credit course
This course will take place over summer 2021.
Coursework will include daily journals, group presentations, digital stories, and discussions.
Receive credit for: AMES 3773
Prerequisites: Beginning Hmong speaking skills
Liberal Education Fulfillments: Global Perspectives
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Summer 2021||July 2021||Mar 15, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
This course has all instruction abroad.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Summer 2021||TBD||East Bank|
Summer 2021 Cost of Participation forthcoming
The cost of participation includes educational costs, group flight airfare, program administration, housing, most meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, and local transportation. Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. Generally, program fees range between $7,000-$8,000. You must also budget for visa, passport and passport photos, meals not included (most are included), spending money, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Summer 2021|
|Program Name||Hmong Language & Cultural Immersion in China|
|Track Name||Hmong Language & Cultural Immersion in China|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.
Tuesday, December 15th 2:30–3:30p.m.