Iny Asian Dance Theater to Headline Event

The South Central College Global Connections Conference will be held October 9 and 10 on the college’s North Mankato campus located at 1920 Lee Boulevard.

In addition to ongoing concurrent sessions on a wide variety of global topics, conference attendees will have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in this year’s culture of focus – Hmong. The Hmong culture will be featured through keynote presentations, special sessions and vendors, as well as a Hmong wearable folk arts exhibit created by the Pan Asian Arts Alliance provided by Asian Media Access.   The group will also present a Hmong Costume show at 3 p.m. on October 9 in the South Central College Garden Court. Admission to these daytime conference events is free and open to the public.

The conference highlight will be an evening performance by the celebrated Iny Asian Dance Theater on October 9 from 7:30 –9 p.m. The Iny Asian Dance Theater, based out of the Twin Cities and led by the internationally renowned Hmong artist Iny Mai Vang, specializes in Asian dance and storytelling using Hmong, Chinese, Mongolian, Thai and Bollywood dance styles. Tickets for this performance are $5.00 for students and $8.00 for non-students, and may be purchased in advance at the South Central College Bookstore. This evening event often sells out, so individuals are encouraged to get their tickets early.      

South Central College started the Global Connections Conference in 2007. The two-day event is held bi-annually. Experts from the college’s liberal arts and sciences and career and technical programs lead many of the sessions, with individuals from throughout the community providing their expertise as well. The event is paid for in part by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Arts Council.

For more information on the 2014 Global Connections Conference, visit