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*All times listed are for the central time zone.
3/5/24, 5PM, Mall of America Rotunda: Launch of The Rock in My Throat
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kao-kalia-yang-book-launch-the-rock-in-my-throat-tickets-
796213785867?aff=oddtdtcreator
3/19/24, 7PM, Parkway Theater: Launch of Where Rivers Part
https://theparkwaytheater.com/all-events/kao-kalia-yang-book-release-2024
3/22/24, 6PM, History Immigration Research Center: Co-launch event for The Rock in My Throat & Where Rivers Part w/ Pao Houa Her on her debut My grandfather turned into a tiger…and other illusions.
3/28/24, 5PM, Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University: Co-launch event for
The Rock in My Throat & Where Rivers Part w/ Pao Houa Her on her debut My
grandfather turned into a tiger…and other illusions.
4/13/24, 10:30AM, Columbia Heights Library: Reading & Discussion of Where Rivers Part
4/16/24, 7:30PM, University Club: “Readings By Writers” series event for Where Rivers Part
4/17/24, 7PM, Content Bookstore: Readings of The Rock in My Throat & Where Rivers
Part
4/25/24, 6:30PM, Aitkin Public Library: Moving Words Panel
5/28/24: Pub date for Caged (more details coming soon)

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Bee Yang

Hmong song poetry | kwv txhiaj hmoob

Thaum Hluas Txog Hnub Laus: When the Days of Youth are Gone (Bee Yang, 2014)

This is an album of Hmong song poetry, kwv txhiaj hmoob, composed and sung by Bee Yang, Kao Kalia Yang’s father. The album notes and English translation of one of the songs are by Kao Kalia Yang.

Kwv txhiaj is, in the words of Ralph Ellison on the American Blues, “an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-cosmic lyricism. As a form, the blues [and kwv txhiaj] is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.”

NOTE:  The duration of the songs do not reflect the actual song length.  Please consider ordering the CD for the full songs.  Thank you.

*This CD is available for purchase for $15.  Click below to order:

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Bee Yang: Hmong Song Poetry

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