Harrisburg ProgramSaturday, October 23

Honoring Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun (1944-2020): Keeper of Hmong Culture and Community Activist

Saturday, October 23, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

in-person session will be live streamed from Harrisburg
This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee

Chair: Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe (Philadelphia Folklore Project) and Emily Socolov (University of Texas at Austin)

Carole Boughter (Philadelphia Folklore Project Board)
Barry Dornfeld (CFAR)
Selina Morales (Southwest Folklife Alliance)
Bonnie O'Connor (Alpert Medical School of Brown University, emerita)
Malachi O'Connor (CFAR)
Sally Peterson (Retired)
Chakawarn Sirirathasuk (Keystone East)
Dannelle Sirirathasuk ()

In 1984, International House of Philadelphia’s Folklife Center created the Hmong Community Folklife & Documentation Project, inspired & driven by Hmong community stakeholders, recent refugees from Laos. Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun became known as an artist of dazzling skill, a master embroiderer, singer, musician, cook, traditional gardener, alternative medicine practitioner, and community advocate. When Pang died of Covid-19, at age 76, family and extended community mourned. This forum joins Sirirathasuk Sikoun family members, community stakeholders, and project staff to remember Pang, and discuss the lessons learned in long-term community engagement.