UWP Hmong Club Thanksgiving dinner promises good food, cultural entertainment

November 4, 2002

PLATTEVILLE- Good food and cultural entertainment will be served up Hmong-style at the 11th annual University of Wisconsin-Platteville Hmong Club Thanksgiving Dinner set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at St. Augustine's University Parish, 135 S. Hickory St.

Serving begins following a performance by the Minnesota Hmong Cultural Center Dancers.

Although the dinner and entertainment are free, an advance ticket is required. To make free ticket reservations or to make a special dietary request, please call UWP Multicultural Services, 608-342-1555, or 608-342-1506. Tickets are on a first-come basis, and are available beginning Nov. 7.

Traditional Hmong dishes will be cooked and served by Hmong Club students like biology major David Thao of Milwaukee. Thao is proud of the annual Thanksgiving event. Attending the dinner and entertainment will promote understanding more about the Hmong culture and background, said Thao. "The event expands knowledge, and the food and dancers will enhance this knowledge."

This year's menu includes roast pig, roast duck, turkey, pepper steak stir-fry, egg rolls, a curry dish, salad, meat salad, steamed rice, sweet rice, sesame balls and tapioca pearl refreshment. Vegetarian plates can be requested when acquiring tickets.

Multicultural Services adviser Pusaporn Tabrizi, busy gearing up for the event, said the dinner provides a taste of real, ethnic Hmong food. About 30 members of the Hmong Club will be involved in food preparation and serving, she added. "Every year we bring new cultural entertainment, so the dinner is educational as well as delicious," said Tabrizi.

The event is sponsored in part by the Hmong Club with funding from the Segregated University Fee Allocation Commission (SUFAC).

The Hmong Club is a student organization that is part of the UWP Office of Multicultural Services, which provides cultural programming, outreach and retention services. The organization also provides support to African-American, Asian-American, Latino and Native American students at UWP. Advisers and student organizations work to educate the university community on ethnic issues and diversity.


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