Sally Award Video

Kalia curates an evening celebrating Hmong-American art forms for TPT’s Program, titled, “Art is Our Call for Peace.

Art Is ... Our Call for Peace

When Kao Kalia Yang brought together song poet Bee Yang, spoken word poet Kevin Yang and visual artist Xee Reiter to create an evening celebrating Hmong art in America, audiences left feeling moved and connected.Reconnect with the artists of "Art Is ... Our Call for Peace":

Posted by MN Original on Friday, October 25, 2019

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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:


Bee Yang: Hmong Song Poetry