KALIA NEWS

The Latehomecover: New Book Cover

The Latehomecomer  has a new book cover and has been selected by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of 28 big read titles.  Check it out here.

Father’s Day Essay

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet: A Memoir Of My Father, published by Metropolitan Books.

Thai men and women, smugglers, tried to buy us refugee children, sometimes with money and other times with bottles of fish sauce. To the world around me, I was one more of thousands, little girls with bangs cut straight across their brows, skinny arms and legs, living to die. I was perhaps, they thought, dispensable. My life in the crowded refugee camp could not have looked like much to outsiders. Few knew that in my father’s hold, on the currents of his songs, my world was rich with story, my future the happy ending we were walking toward.

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Hmong Times Online: Kao Kalia Yang Launches New Book

6/7/2016 3:19:00 PM
Kao Kalia Yang Launches New Book

Amy Doeun

Kao Kalia Yang is probably best known for her family memoir, The Latehomecomer. In this book she honestly, poetically and sometimes painfully shares her family’s story with a focus on her grandmother. Now Yang is turning her craft to a new book entitled, The Song Poet.

Read the full article here.

The Song Poet: Best memoir of 2016 – Library Journal

Yang’s second stellar memoir (after the The Latehomecomer) takes readers back to the mountains of Laos, to her father’s birth and childhood, through the French occupation, and finally to the turbulent war that led to the family fleeing through the jungle to a refugee camp in Thailand and ultimately landing in the American city of St. Paul. Yang writes first in the voice of her father; the second part reveals her own perspective, that of a woman learning to find words in both the language of her Hmong heritage and of her adopted country. These two points of view balance each other and the result captures the raw emotions of grief, joy, fear, and love.

Read review here.

May 26, 2016: BBC’s The World

Think of kwv txhiaj as song poetry.

Or better yet, think of it like a Hmong version of the blues. And in that vein, think of kwv txhiaj the way American writer Ralph Ellison thought of the blues: “an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.”

Ellison’s quote starts off a new book about kwv txhiaj and one of its singers, a man named Bee Yang. The story is by his daughter, award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang. It’s called “The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father.”

Read the full article here.

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