Dear My Teacher: Letter of Joy, Pain, and Triumph from Today’s Teenage Hmong Students - A Presentation and Discussion for Educators
This session will introduce participants to Pang Yang and Mike Vang’s (2019) Dear My Teacher: Letter of Joy, Pain, and Triumph from Today’s Teenage Hmong Students. The book includes a series of honest, sincere, and heartfelt letters from Hmong youth enrolled in the Hmong for Native Speakers classes at Park Center High School and Osseo Senior High School in the Osseo Area School District. Caught between two worlds, these students' letters share perspectives on intersections of education, race, and the Hmong experience in Minnesota. Though the letters range from humorous to heart-wrenching, they are grounded in the lived experiences of these marginalized young people. Pang, a veteran teacher, will discuss the letter, the overall project, and the publishing process. This talk is open to all but is explicitly aimed at pre-service and practicing educators. To purchase a copy of the book, visit the Hmong Educational Resources Publisher.