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The Latehomecomer

The Latehomecomer

A Hmong Family Memoir

  • Author: Kao Kalia Yang
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • ISBN: 1566894794
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 312
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An NEA Big Read Selection “This is the best account of the Hmong experience I’ve ever read—powerful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.”—Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down “A narrative packed with the stuff of life.” —Entertainment Weekly Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet and The Latehomecomer, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.

The Latehomecomer

The Latehomecomer

A Hmong Family Memoir

  • Author: Kao Kalia Yang
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • ISBN: 1566892627
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 296
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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 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.

The Latehomecomer

The Latehomecomer

A Hmong Family Memoir

  • Author: Kao Kalia Yang
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781566894784
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 312
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One Hmong family's harrowing escape from war in Laos to the uncertainty of a new home as refugees in Minnesota.

The Song Poet

The Song Poet

A Memoir of My Father

  • Author: Kao Kalia Yang
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1627794948
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt his orphanhood. He would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until, one day, a song was born. Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine. Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a love story -- of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.

Hmong America

Hmong America

Reconstructing Community in Diaspora

  • Author: Chia Youyee Vang
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 0252077598
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 200
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An unprecedented inside view of the Hmong experience in America.

I Begin My Life All Over

I Begin My Life All Over

The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience

  • Author: Lillian Faderman,Ghia Xiong
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 9780807072356
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
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Records the stories of thirty-six Hmong immigrants who came to California, showing how their traditional ways have been replaced by the American way of life

Tangled Threads

Tangled Threads

A Hmong Girl's Story

  • Author: Pegi Deitz Shea
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780547533605
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 240
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For the Hmong people living in overcrowded refugee camps in Thailand, America is a dream: the land of peace and plenty. In 1995, ten years after their arrival at the camp, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang and her grandmother are about to experience that dream. In America, they will be reunited with their only remaining relatives, Mai’s uncle and his family. They will discover the privileges of their new life: medical care, abundant food, and an apartment all their own. But Mai will also feel the pressures of life as a teenager. Her cousins, now known as Heather and Lisa, try to help Mai look less like a refugee, but following them means disobeying Grandma and Uncle. From showers and smoke alarms to shopping, dating, and her family’s new religion, Mai finds life in America complicated and confusing. Ultimately, she will have to reconcile the old ways with the new, and decide for herself the kind of woman she wants to be. This archetypal immigrant story introduces readers to the fascinating Hmong culture and offers a unique outsider’s perspective on our own.

The Haymakers

The Haymakers

A Chronicle of Five Farm Families

  • Author: Steven R. Hoffbeck
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • ISBN: 0873517369
  • Category: Farmers
  • Page: 224
  • View: 1986
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Making hay has always been hard work, just about the hardest work on a farm. Spanning 150 years, The Haymakers tells a story of the labor and heartbreak suffered by five families struggling to make the hay that fed their livestock, a story not just about grass, alfalfa, and clover, but also about sweat and fears, toil and loss. The Haymakers is an epic -- the history of man's struggle with nature as well as man's struggle against machines. It relates the story of farmers and their obligations to their families, to the animals they fed, and to the land they tended. Hoffbeck also documents and preserves the commonplace methods of haymaking. He describes the tools and the methods of haymaking as well as the relentless demands of the farm. Using diaries, agricultural guidebooks and personal interviews, the folkways of cutting, raking, and harvesting hay have been recorded in these chapters. In the end, this book is not so much about agricultural history as it is about family history, personal history -- how farm families survive, even persevere.

Tragic Mountains

Tragic Mountains

The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

  • Author: Jane Hamilton-Merritt
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253207562
  • Category: History
  • Page: 580
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Examines the Hmong's struggle for freedom and survival from 1942 to the present

Diversity in Diaspora

Diversity in Diaspora

Hmong Americans in the Twenty-first Century

  • Author: Mark Edward Pfeifer,Monica Chiu,Kou Yang
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
  • View: 6951
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This anthology presents the spectrum of contemporary social science research on Hmong Americans and their communities. It proposes to address the following questions: What is the state of contemporary research related to Hmong Americans? In which areas

The Little Red Guard

The Little Red Guard

A Family Memoir

  • Author: Wenguang Huang
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 1594486557
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 263
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Traces a Communist Chinese family's contentious 15-year struggle to honor a grandmother's dying wish to be buried in spite of a national ban of traditional Chinese practices, an effort that pitted family members against one another and risked their capture by authorities.

Soul Calling

Soul Calling

A Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora

  • Author: Joel Pickford
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • ISBN: 9781597141680
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 264
  • View: 7268
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Most Americans know little of the story of the Hmong people who came from the mountain villages of Northern Laos, This book presents a capsule view in word and text of the transplanting of an ancient culture to a land unlike anything these people knew.A moving visual portrait of the Hmong people who escaped their homeland after the Vietnam War and settled in America in places like Central California

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

  • Author: Anne Fadiman
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0374533407
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 368
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A study in the collision between Western medicine and the beliefs of a traditional culture focuses on a hospitalized child of Laotian immigrants whose belief that illness is a spiritual matter comes into conflict with doctors' methods.

Hmong and American

Hmong and American

From Refugees to Citizens

  • Author: Vincent K. Her,Mary Louise Buley-Meissner
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • ISBN: 0873518551
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 278
  • View: 9441
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Cooking from the Heart

Cooking from the Heart

The Hmong Kitchen in America

  • Author: Sami Scripter,Sheng Yang
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
  • ISBN: 1452914516
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 276
  • View: 7401
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Simple, earthy, fiery, and fresh, Hmong food is an exciting but still little-known South Asian cuisine. In traditional Hmong culture, dishes are created and replicated not by exact measurements but by taste and experimentationfor every Hmong recipe, there are as many variations as there are Hmong cooksand often served to large, communal groups. Sami Scripter and Sheng Yang have gathered more than 100 recipes, illustrated them with color photos of completed dishes, and provided descriptions of unusual ingredients and cooking techniques.

Hmong in Minnesota

Hmong in Minnesota

  • Author: Chia Youyee Vang
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society
  • ISBN: 9780873517379
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 75
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Minnesota has always been a land of immigrants. Successive waves have each made their own way, found their place, and made it their home. The Hmong are one of the most recent immigrant groups, and their remarkable and moving story is told in "Hmong in Minnesota." Chia Youyee Vang reveals the colorful, intricate history of Hmong Minnesotans, many of whom were forced to flee their homeland of Laos when the communists seized power during the Vietnam War. Having assisted U.S. troops in the "Secret War," Hmong soldiers and civilians were eligible to settle in the United States. Vang offers a unique window into the lives of the Minnesota Hmong through the stories of individuals who represent the experiences of many. One voice is that of Mao Heu Thao, one of the first refugees to come to Minnesota, sponsored by Catholic Charities in 1976. She tells of the unexpectedly cold weather, the strange food, and the kindness of her hosts. By introducing readers to the immigrants themselves, "Hmong in Minnesota" conveys a population's struggle to adjust to new environments, build communities, maintain cultural practices, and make its mark on government policies and programs. Chia Youyee Vang was born in Laos and as a child escaped with her family to the United States. An assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she specializes in the study of Hmong community-building efforts.

How Dare We! Write

How Dare We! Write

A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse

  • Author: Sherry Quan Lee
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press
  • ISBN: 1615993304
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 195
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ÿHow Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourseÿoffers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider questions, such as ?What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, and to stand against traditions that silence you?" and "How can writers and teachers even begin to make diversity matter in meaningful ways on the page, in the classroom, and on our bookshelves?" How Dare We! Writeÿis an inspiring collection of intellectually rigorous lyric essays and innovative writing exercises; it opens up a path for inquiry, reflection, understanding, and creativity that is ultimately healing. The testimonies provide a hard won context for their innovative paired writing experiments that are, by their very nature, generative. --ÿCherise A. Pollard, PhD, Professor of English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania So-called ?creative writing? classes are highly politicized spaces, but no one says so; to acknowledge this obvious fact would be to up-end the aesthetics, cultural politics (ideology) and economics on which most educational institutions are founded.ÿÿHow Dare We! Write, a brilliant interventive anthology of essays, breaks this silence. -- Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art;ÿco-editor ofÿPoetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader How Dare We! Writeÿa collection of brave voices calling out to writers of color everywhere: no matter how lonely, you are not alone; you are one in a sea of change, swimming against the currents. -- Kao Kalia Yang, author ofÿThe Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, andÿThe Song Poet, a 2017 Minnesota Book Award winner How Dare We! Writeÿis a much needed collection of essays from writers of color that reminds us that our stories need to be told, from addressing academic gatekeepers, embracing our identities, the effects of the oppressor'sÿtongue on our psyche and to the personal narratives that help us understand who we are. ---Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, writer, spoken word poet/performer and contributing author toÿA Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota Learn more at http://blog.SherryQuanLee.com From Modern History Press ÿwww.ModernHistoryPress.com

The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Silence

  • Author: Michele Norris
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307475271
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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A host of NPR's "All Things Considered" traces her ancestry in America's South and how it reflects the nation's turbulent efforts toward racial equality, a heritage that has influenced her awareness about character, silence, and integration.

America is In the Heart

America is In the Heart

A Personal History

  • Author: Carlos Bulosan
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 0295801077
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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First published in 1946, this autobiography of the well-known Filipino poet describes his boyhood in the Philippines, his voyage to America, and his years of hardship and despair as an itinerant laborer following the harvest trail in the rural West.

Leaving Laos

Leaving Laos

  • Author: May Yang
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781981229314
  • Category:
  • Page: 170
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Through the ups and downs of life, whom do you count on the most? Twelve-year-old Blong does not have much, but he has his older sister Ka-Ying. Now, their world is suddenly and forever changed. Homes are abandoned. People disappear overnight. Any new friendship is temporary. The year is 1975, and South Vietnam has fallen to North Vietnam. The Vietnam War is finally over. In the neighboring country of Laos, the Royal Lao Army is defeated by the Communist Pathet Lao. That civil war, too, ends. American soldiers who were fighting in the Secret War in Laos are returning home to America. The Hmong, who were recruited by the CIA to fight in the Secret War, are now going to be persecuted and punished for helping the Americans. Blong, his sister, and their grandparents must find a way to escape from Laos. The Communist Pathet Lao is celebrating their victory, but already there are rumors of retribution against the Hmong.