Hmong Museum: 3rd Hmong Chronicles with Kao Kalia and her father

My father and I, for the first time, take to the same stage to do our art thanks to the Hmong Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale. At a time when we need to hear the voices of immigrants and refugees, we will speak, we will sing. Please come. Please share with your circles.

Hmong Museum’s third Hmong Chronicles event features award winning author, Kao Kalia Yang and her father a song poet, Bee Yang at the Arlington Hills Library in St. Paul on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm. This intergenerational collaboration will take audience members on a journey through the life experiences of Hmong refugees through Bee Yang’s original kws txhiaj song poetry and interpreted by Kao Kalia Yang through her writing. Light appetizers will be provided followed by a book signing by Kao Kalia Yang. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions after the performance.

Please come join us on this evening to experience this amazing performance.

This program has been funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Asian Pacific Endowment Fund, and donations from over 800 individuals and businesses in the community.

Hmong Museum is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit that envisions a thriving community with a heightened Hmong consciousness. The Hmong Museum exists to recognize and acknowledge the intersections of all things Hmong.

Hmong Museum Board Chair, Mai N. Vang,

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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:


Bee Yang: Hmong Song Poetry



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