The Shared Room: Review by the Pioneer Press

Two children’s picture books, an author who takes us to the seas, a fictional visit to old Deadwood, S.D., and stories about a woman who loves to travel. Today we offer a wide variety of early summer reading by Minnesota authors.

‘The Shared Room’

Award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang and artist Xee Reiter tell the touching story of a Hmong family healing from the grief of losing a young daughter in their new children’s picture book “The Shared Room” (University of Minnesota Press, $16.95). Both women are Hmong-American, live in St. Paul, and are mothers.

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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



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