Visiting professor to lecture here on Hmong culture in China

Dr. Yan Gao, from the art department at Bijie College in Guizhou Province, China, will lecture about the traditional culture and dress of Hmong residents of the province from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26) in a free public talk in MAC Hall Room 223. The campus visit is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Hmong Studies Center under the direction of Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison. Titled “Changes in Hmong Dress in Northwestern Guizhou Province,” Yan’s talk will review both traditional dress for the Hmong from this region (different in some ways from that of the Hmong in Laos), and the changes that industrialized production of textiles has brought to the region. Bijie College is located in the Hmong Autonomous Region of Guizhou Province, home to more than 300,000 Hmong, described as the largest Hmong community in China and the largest Hmong population in the world. Yan has studied Hmong culture and dress for many years.