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"Many may say that living with the collision of two cultures is a burden, but I find it a blessing in disguise."

- Seexeng Lee -
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2015 Legacy Day Mural

2015 Legacy Day Mural

The Blake School

The tunnel linking the Hopkins Lower School to the Middle School is undergoing a colorful transformation thanks to art teacher Seexeng Lee and a group of Blake student-artists. Look for more on this project in the months to come! (Video by Nadia Lee) [read more]

Post on: June 8, 2015 9:56:00 AM

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Presenting at Macalester College and U of W- Law SchoolPresenting at Macalester College and U of W- Law SchoolPresenting at Macalester College and U of W- Law School

Presenting at Macalester College and U of W- Law School

Post on: March 26, 2008 2:32:32 AM

for taking the time out of your busy schedule
to attend the "Contemporary Hmong Artist" lecture and to support
"Ua Ke", Macalester Hmong Student Org.

Sheng Kong, Toua Vang and KaYoua Vang
Members of Ua Ke: Charles Her, Ua Ke's Advisory and Ellina Xiong
The Significance of Culture in Hmong Art: Part 1
By Carlos Gallego


Ellina Xiong & Charles Vang, event co- chairs and leaders of Ua Ke, were excited to have renowned Hmong artist Seexeng Lee lecture at Macalester College this week. Prior to the evening lecture, both expressed a need to have a Hmong speaker on campus. Although Macalester is located in St. Paul, the largest urban Hmong population in the United States, a significant number of the students on campus have no idea who the Hmong are and event organizers saw the lecture as a great opportunity to educate their fellow students.

Ua Ke is the Macalester organization committed to promoting awareness around Hmong culture and traditions. In Hmong the name Ua Ke means "togetherness," according to an article by Kristin Riegel in a recent piece in The Mac Weekly, Macalester's student newspaper.

Seexeng Lee lectured on the history of the Hmong. The group originated in China and in the 1800s and they began to migrate to other countries including North Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. There are many groups of Hmong. The White Hmong, for example, are identified by their white dresses and Green Hmong by the batik fabric. He also shared that there are also many other Hmong groups including Striped Hmong, Black Hmong and Red Hat Hmong, in part one is able to identify to which group an individual belongs by their clothing.

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