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The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir - Kao Kalia Yang
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
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In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to... show more
In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.Beginning in the 1970s, as the Hmong were being massacred for their collaboration with the United States during the Vietnam War, Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family’s captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, and their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp.When she was six years old, Yang’s family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language. Through her words, the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community have finally found a voice.Together with her sister, Kao Kalia Yang is the founder of a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services. A graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University, Yang has recently screened The Place Where We Were Born, a film documenting the experiences of Hmong American refugees. Visit her website at www.kaokaliayang.com.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781566892087 (1566892082)
ASIN: 1566892082
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
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Merle
Merle rated it
3.5 The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
This is an interesting memoir by a Hmong-American writer, about the experiences of a community that is opaque to many Americans. The Hmong are an ethnic minority who moved from China to Laos centuries ago; the Chinese outlawing their written language is apparently the reason they lack one even today...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
0.0
About the Hmong - Laos. Looks interesting. Maybe.
Another fine mess
Another fine mess rated it
3.0
Calls or visits home often turn into strange, strangled conversations between me--booknerd, liberal, English prof, atheist, movie nut--and various family members--some Palindrones, a bedlam of evangelicals, quite a few People junkies, a couple of other teachers (primary special ed; secondary math an...
paigeawesome
paigeawesome rated it
It's probably more like 4.5 stars, but it was really good. I was more interested in the Hmong struggle in Laos & Thailand, which she does cover but it's less than half the book. It was a great story of one family though, and it was a quick read because it was so interesting and--well I wouldn't say ...
Dem
Dem rated it
0.0 The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
I am parking this one until I can locate a hard copy of the book as the audio version is very difficult to listen to and just doesn't work for me and think I need a hard copy of this one to get the best out of the book.
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