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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by Kao Kalia Yang
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"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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