Rediscovering the Hmong: Understanding Hmong Culture & TraditionsInstructor: Maiko Katie Thao
This course provides a thorough overview of the Hmong history, culture, traditions, and their migration to the United States. The course will also incorporate the Hmong language, basic greeting phrases, religion (Shamanism), folktales, myths, gender roles, generational difference, story cloths (paj ntaub), textile arts, birth, marriage, funeral ceremonies, food, music, holidays and entertainment.
Perfect for educators, health care, and social service workers and other who work directly with the Hmong population!
About the Instructor
Maiko Katie Thao’s professional responsibilities include 13 years of experience as a high school counselor with the Green Bay Area Public School District. She is currently a high school counselor at Preble High School. She is one of only four Hmong school counselors in the entire district. In her current position, she is one of seven full-time high school counselors and is responsible for serving 9th through 12th grade students with the last names beginning T to Y. Her primary responsibilities include academic support and career advisement for students. She collaborates with parents, teachers, and administrators when necessary.
Katie is very active in the Hmong communities and considers herself an advocate for her local community. She has a passion to educate others about the Hmong, their history, cultures, values, and beliefs. Though born in Long Chieng, Laos, Katie and her family were forced to migrate to the United States when she was only five years old. She has personally experienced the rapid Hmong’s cultural transitions, cultural shock, social anxiety, academic uncertainties, and challenges that many Hmong are faced with everyday. Thus, her experience allows her unique insight into the Hmong culture to enlighten and educate others. Her ability to read, write, and speak fluently in Hmong provides a rich experiential learning for all.