The journey of the Hmong people from Southern Chinese villages to Laotian refugee camps and then to Western nations is modeled in a three-part Hmong at Heart exhibit at the Wonderscope Childrens Museum (5705 Flint in Shawnee, 913-268-4176). Its very hands-on, tailored for children 10 and under, says Ann Zimmerman, the museums director. And were bringing in local Hmong artists, including dancers and
storytellers, that could illustrate the culture of the Hmong people. The traveling exhibit, which was created by the Madison Childrens Museum and the Freeman Foundation Asian Initiative, models a Hmong village, a Laotian refugee camp and a Hmong-American home. The kids have the opportunity to create a traditional Hmong meal, to garden and weave a basket. And theres a small post office where the kids can mail a letter in refugee camps, the post office is very important to the displaced population, Zimmerman says. The exhibit runs through mid-September.
May 19-Sept. 20