Dia Cha, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

A Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a Research Associate with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Denver Science Museum in Colorado.  She received many national academic and social group awards for the high caliber of her research and teaching, her service to the community, and her tireless work as a champion of gender and ethnic equality.

In November, 2007, the Hmong American New Year Planning Committee in Minnesota recognized her enormous contributions to the community as an educator in their annual banquet, held in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In April, 2007, Hmong National Development, Inc., recognized the positive impact of her contributions to the betterment of the Hmong people by giving her the Teacher of the Year Award at their yearly conference, held that year in Detroit, Michigan.  She was selected St. Cloud State University’s Professor of the Year in both 2002 and 2004; and was chosen by the Hmong Women’s Action Team, of St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2002 recipient of their National Hmong Women’s “Courage to Make a Difference” Award.  In 1994, she was named for both the Outstanding Woman Award of Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado and the TRIO Achievers Award of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations, Chicago, Illinois.

She had twice been called upon to share her expertise with Congress: first, in 1994, before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific’s Hearing on Indochinese Refugee Issues; and again in 2001, for the Congressional Summit on the Status of Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Americans in Higher Education.

With a great deal of original research to her credit, she has been widely published; two of her best known books are Hmong American Concepts of Health, Healing, and Conventional Medicine (2003), and Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey to Freedom (1996).


 

A Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a Research Associate with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Denver Science Museum in Colorado.  She received many national academic and social group awards for the high caliber of her research and teaching, her service to the community, and her tireless work as a champion of gender and ethnic equality.

In November, 2007, the Hmong American New Year Planning Committee in Minnesota recognized her enormous contributions to the community as an educator in their annual banquet, held in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In April, 2007, Hmong National Development, Inc., recognized the positive impact of her contributions to the betterment of the Hmong people by giving her the Teacher of the Year Award at their yearly conference, held that year in Detroit, Michigan.  She was selected St. Cloud State University’s Professor of the Year in both 2002 and 2004; and was chosen by the Hmong Women’s Action Team, of St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2002 recipient of their National Hmong Women’s “Courage to Make a Difference” Award.  In 1994, she was named for both the Outstanding Woman Award of Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado and the TRIO Achievers Award of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations, Chicago, Illinois.

She had twice been called upon to share her expertise with Congress: first, in 1994, before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific’s Hearing on Indochinese Refugee Issues; and again in 2001, for the Congressional Summit on the Status of Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Americans in Higher Education.

With a great deal of original research to her credit, she has been widely published; two of her best known books are Hmong American Concepts of Health, Healing, and Conventional Medicine (2003), and Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey to Freedom (1996).