The Latehomecomer

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The Latehomecomer

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Yang’s award-winning memoir of her family’s harrowing escape from war in Laos is a love letter to her grandmother, a troubling portrait of the consequences of us intervention in Southeast Asia, and a glimpse into the little-seen exodus of the Hmong people, first to refugee camps in Thailand and then, for many, to new homes in Minnesota.

  • Literature to Life Title, 2020
  • National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Title, 2015
  • Jeannette Fair Memorial Award for Distinguished Writing, 2012
  • PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction Finalist, 2010
  • Minnesota Book Award Winner in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, 2009
  • Minnesota Readers’ Choice Award Winner, 2009 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner, 2009
  • Asian American Literary Award Finalist, 2009
  • Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award Winner, 2008

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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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