Upcoming Events: Kao Kalia Yang

Come See Kao Kalia Yang Discuss and Sign Her New Memoir, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father

“Kao Kalia Yang allows us to hear the whispered sorrows and hopes of those transplanted onto foreign soil among strangers. I predict that this mystical and historical memoir—of her Hmong family’s suffering in Laos, of the rigors and fears of their life in a refugee camp, of the shock of finding themselves unprepared for city living in Minnesota, and of the pain of discrimination—will become a classic.”

—Jane Hamilton-Merritt, author of Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942–1992

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 * 5:30 PM
Friends of the St. Paul Public Library & Center for Hmong Studies
Concordia University
Buenger Education Center
1282 Concordia Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104

Sunday, May 15, 2016 * 2:00 PM
The Loft Literary Center
Target Performance Hall
Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55415

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 * 10:30 AM
Celebrate Asia
Brooklyn Park Library
8500 West Broadway
Brooklyn Park, MN  55443

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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:

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