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The latehomecomer : a Hmong family memoir (original 2011; edição 2008)

por Kao Kalia Yang

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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 Statesall 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.… (mais)
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Título:The latehomecomer : a Hmong family memoir
Autores:Kao Kalia Yang
Informação:Minneapolis : [New York] : Coffee House Press ; Distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, 2008.
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The Latehomecomer por Kao Kalia Yang (2011)

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Memoirist Kao Kalia Yang tells the story of how her parents met in the jungles of Laos, escaped with their families to the camps of Thailand, and finally made their way over to the US to settle in St Paul, MInnesota. I am from the area and have had many interactions with Hmong people, but never really knew much about their history or culture. It was fascinating to read Yang's story, but disappointing how poorly she and her family were treated by people who proudly claim the label "Minnesota Nice". ( )
  EmScape | Jun 14, 2021 |
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir is the first memoir written by a Hmong-American to be published with national distribution.

Summary: In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. This is a first-hand account of that experience as well as a tribute to the spirit of the grandmother that held them all together.

This would be a great book to use in Language Lit courses or American History. ( )
  KKraemer25 | Nov 10, 2019 |
A book so worth reading. I'd forgotten the Hmong role in our history in Vietnam and was taken up with Kao's storytelling. Her memoir is the story of her family's escape from war in Laos and their new beginning here. ( )
  EllenH | Oct 30, 2018 |
Very interesting book from a rarely heard POV. I am shocked at how little I knew of the Hmong. The writing is workmanlike but fine. My issue is that the narrative is 100% joyless. I understand that life is hard for the Hmong, especially when people seem to have endless numbers of children though they can't afford to raise them in a safe environment, but there is never a moment reported in author's 20+ years (nor in the additional 20 years covered of her grandmother's earlier life) where people are not in active pain. Don't get the audio, the author (who reads) either sounds like she is about to burst into tears or like she is already crying. ( )
  Narshkite | Nov 5, 2017 |
Kao Kalia Yang immigrated to the United States with her parents and older sister in 1987, after having spent the first seven years of her life in a refugee camp in Thailand. Although her family's native home was in Laos, the Hmong people were no longer welcome in that country after having assisted the U.S. during the Vietnam War. The Latehomecomer is the story of her family history in Laos and Thailand, their eventual resettling in Minnesota, and their efforts to adapt to the unfamiliar culture and prepare Kao Kalia and her siblings for success in their new home.

I found the historical detail surrounding Hmong history and their displacement following the Vietnam War extremely helpful and informative in understanding why Minnesota saw such a sudden increase in Hmong immigration in the 1980s and 1990s. I would speculate that the majority of Minnesotans have very little idea of who the Hmong are, why they no longer have a "home country," and why the U.S. bears responsibility. ( )
  ryner | May 16, 2017 |
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For my grandmother, Youa Lee, who never learned how to write.
To my baby brother, Maxwell Hwm Yang, who will read the things she never wrote.
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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 Statesall 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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