18XEEM’s mission is to educate the public and promote a positive reflection on the unique experiences of ethnic minorities, their rich history, culture and language, through the documentation of events, both historical and current, and through creative writing and art.
18XEEM encourages dialogue and stimulates an active engagement on issues facing multiethnic groups, with emphasis on the Hmong. Stories are focused on cultural shifts, community growth, historical information –both factual and theoretical, current events; profiles of individuals –both youthful and prominent figures; artists and musicians influenced by culture; poetry stimulated by elements of the surroundings, life, and history; stories on unique fashion inspired by traditional and modern styles; informational group surveys on diverse topics, and a collective of historical photographs submitted by readers.
18XEEM is distributed through youth programs, schools, organizations, cultural events and conferences. There are very few media forms of education that discuss the experiences and issues found within ethnic minorities groups. And there are even fewer sources that cover these experiences specifically within the Hmong community. 18XEEM builds a space for individuals to reflect upon their own experiences within the historical context of cultural changes, migration and settlement.