Where: Arden-Dimick Library meeting room, 891 Watt Ave. Sacramento
How: RSVP for free via Eventbrite
On August 25 Women of the World will be hosting at Arden-Dimick Library a presentation by May Ying Ly, the executive director of the Southeast Asian Assistance Center (SAAC). SAAC is a non-profit organization that provides culturally and linguistically responsive services to connect limited English proficient individuals and their families to vital resources that promotes health and well- being.
Ms. Ly’s previous experience has included being the founding executive director of the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association (HWHA), which serves Hmong women and their families through a myriad of health and educational programs that promotes wellness, both physical and mental. Ms. Ly is a social worker by training with an MSW from California State University at Sacramento, and is a current PhD student at the UC Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Health Care Leadership program. Additionally, she has traveled extensively back to Laos and Thailand for humanitarian missions and to research the history of Hmong nurses during the Secret War, some of which will be addressed by Ms Ly in her presentation on August 25th.
Ms Ly’s talk titled, “Hmong Women and Cultural Clashes: Past, Present and Future,” will tell a brief history of the Hmong-Americans within our community, particularly the challenges faced by the Hmong women. A Hmong proverb, “Nine stars does not shine as bright as one sun, nine daughters is not worth as much as one son,” highlights the cultural hurdles women in the Hmong community face. Yet, Ms Ly works with these women to enlighten them as to their potential in their cultural community, and the Sacramento community, at large.
For May Ying Ly efforts with the Hmong refugees, In 2005 Ms Ly received from Hon. Doris Matsui, Congressional recognition for having been chosen as one of 10 recipients, out of 700 candidates, for a Robert Wood Johnson award for Community Health Leadership Program to continue her work with the Hmong refugees.