The Latehomecomer

A Hmong Family Memoir
Author(s): Kao Kalia Yang
Original Publish Date: May 10, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.45 hours)
Product Number: Z100020621
Released: May 10, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611744507
Narrator/s: Kao Kalia Yang
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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In the 70s and 80s, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to the United States-all in search of a new place to call home. Decades later, their experiences remain largely unknown. Kao Kalia Yang was driven to tell her own family's story after her grandmother's death. The Latehomecomer is a tribute to that grandmother, a remarkable woman whose spirit held her family together through their imprisonment in Laos, their narrow escape into Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, their immigration to St. Paul when Yang was only six years old, and their transition to life in America. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard in their adopted homeland.


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The Latehomecomer
Product Number: BX00104558
Product Number:DD0207
Product Number:Z100020621

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Author(s): Kao Kalia Yang
Narrator(s): Kao Kalia Yang
Product Number DD0207
Released: Apr 20, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781611744491
Author(s): Kao Kalia Yang
Product Number EB00687438
Released: Mar 20, 2017
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Publisher: Coffee House Press
ISBN: #9781566894791

Professional reviews

"While Kao Yang's narration of her memoir is a bit flat, there's still something spellbinding about hearing her describe in her own voice how her family, like many other Hmong people, faced persecution and displacement following the Vietnam War. The family endured a harrowing escape from the jungles of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and ultimately settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where their struggles were far from over. Yang has chronicled their experiences in a poignant memoir that provides a glimpse of Hmong history and culture and ultimately pays homage to her beloved grandmother, the family matriarch. It's a remarkable story of Hmong endurance and family love. In the end, she needs no narrative embellishments to hold the listener rapt. S.E.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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