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Student news without fear or favor
Madison Duong

Madison Duong, DEI Staffer


Madison Duong is a senior journalism major. This is her first semester on the State Hornet where she works with the DEI team. She loves all things storytelling and strives to share her creativity through various media mediums.

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Hmong Sacramento State students representing their heritage by wearing Hmong clothing and accessories. There are many different styles of Hmong clothing that people don at Hmong New Year. (Photo courtesy of Phoebe Lee, Angelina Xiong, Adrian Moua, Cyan Vang and George Vang. Graphic made in Canva by Madison Duong.)

See Hmong New Year through the eyes of Hmong students

Student perspectives on the traditions, unity and joy that Hmong New Year offers
Madison Duong, Staffer
November 6, 2023
Hmong students at Sacramento State reflect back on their memories of Hmong New Year and share how this celebration plays a big role in their identities.
A group of Hmong women dressed in traditional Hmong clothing. Hmong clothing is known for its vibrant colors and embroidered designs that aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, but are a form of storytelling as well. (Photo courtesy of Yeng Vue.)

Hmong New Year 2023

Madison Duong, Staffer
November 3, 2023
The State Hornet has put together a Hmong New Year guide that gives a glimpse of the Hmong culture through the history and importance of the Hmong New Year, Hmong beliefs and Hmong foods.
A Hmong shaman, Chong Her Xiong getting prepared for a healing ceremony in 2018. Hmong superstitions are based on the belief that specific behaviors can influence spirits and shamans serve as intermediaries who communicate with the living and spirit realms to seek help or resolve conflicts in various matters. (Photo courtesy of Sallie Anna Steiner.)

Five Hmong beliefs from a culture rich in storytelling

In Hmong culture, it’s all about telling stories that shape their traditions
Madison Duong, Staffer
November 2, 2023
Storytelling holds a profound significance in Hmong culture by encompassing not only traditions, history and values but also beliefs.
A Hmong family dressed up in traditional Hmong clothing sharing a meal together. Sharing a meal brings Hmong families together as it symbolizes not only nourishment but the sharing of stories and traditions. (Photo courtesy of Canva)

Savor a slice of Hmong culture on your Thanksgiving table

Five food dishes that are loved within the Hmong community
Madison Duong, Staffer
November 2, 2023
Food dishes that people in the Hmong community love to eat
A performer at Sac State’s Hmong New Year celebration playing a Qeej on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. A Qeej is a bamboo pipe instrument used in the Hmong culture, it is known to be played during funerals, weddings, rituals and more.  (Photo courtesy of Project HMONG)

Introducing Hmong New Year and its importance

Hmong New Year serves to preserve identity and celebrate culture
Madison Duong, Staffer
November 2, 2023
Hmong New Year is a celebration where loved ones can enjoy the beauty of Hmong culture.
The Anime and Manga Society Club during their meeting in room 1020 of Mendocino Hall Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. Thursdays are game nights for the club. (Photo by Madison Duong.)

Students join together to celebrate the subculture of anime and manga

With its diverse genres, anime and manga has a cup of tea for everybody
Madison Duong, Staffer
October 19, 2023
The Anime and Manga Society Club at Sacramento State offers students a space to share their interests, build community and have fun together.
It is almost time to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Students can celebrate the holiday on or off campus whether it be by creating sugar skulls, viewing ofrendas or even attending a rave. (Graphic made in Canva by Jasmine Ascencio.)

Embrace the spirit of Día de los Muertos on or off campus

Sacramento Día de los Muertos events to celebrate and remember
Madison Duong, Staffer
October 19, 2023
Sacramento State students can celebrate Día de los Muertos events on campus or off campus.
These five individuals you may recognize in entertainment are proudly Filipino American. They value the importance of representing their heritage in the media and on the big screen. (Images courtesy of Billboard, Yahoo, IMDb, Variety and United Talent Agency. Graphic created in Canva by Madison Duong.)

Five Filipino American entertainers to appreciate for Filipino American History Month

You probably know them, but do you know they’re Filipino American?
Madison Duong, Staffer
October 5, 2023
October is Filipino American History Month, so here are five Filipino Americans who have made history within the entertainment industry.
The Serna Center’s Café y Conversación bi-monthly series returns for the fall semester. At each meeting, attendees receive different Latin lunch items and coffee. (Photos courtesy of Serna Center Instagram. Graphic made in Canva by Jasmine Ascencio)

Learn to develop professional skills and build community at Café y Conversación

The bi-monthly series brings interaction and connection to Latino students at Sac State
Madison Duong, Staffer
October 3, 2023
Sacramento State’s Serna Center will host Café y Conversación, a series returning this semester with new guest speakers to help inspire Latinx students professionally and create community.
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