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Keynote speaker Padade Vue addresses the audience at the Hmong Student Association of Colorado's annual Hmong Culture Night on March 7 at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado at Boulder. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)

 

Hmong students host annual culture show in Boulder

Keynote speaker Padade Vue urged Hmong-American students to take advantage of opportunities

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Participants showcase a variety of Hmong attire during the Hmong Student Association's annual Hmong Culture Night on March 6, 2010 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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BOULDER – Padade Vue urged Hmong-American students to make the best of their opportunities during the Hmong Culture Night on March 7 at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Vue, a pediatrician at The Children's Hospital, was the keynote speaker for the annual event put on by the Hmong Student Association of Colorado. During her speech, she talked about her decision to pursue a medical degree and the importance of education.

 

"Being born in America does not mean that you are smarter than those who were born outside the U.S.," she said. "It means you have more opportunities to better yourself.

 

"Start taking those opportunities because your family will not be around to help you forever."

 

The three-hour event showcased a variety of talents from members of the local Hmong community, from traditional dances to a fashion show highlighting different Hmong attire.

 

The group also announced it is accepting applications for its annual high school seniors scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 31 and the application can be downloaded at the group's website.

 

According to their mission statement, the student organization works to educate the public about the Hmong community in Colorado through a variety of educational events and community services.

 

For more information about the Hmong Student Association of Colorado, go to www.hmongstudent.org.

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