The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Compact Disc)
Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Yang's memoir is the touching account of her family's experiences following the war the United States secretly waged in Laos. When she was six years old, the family immigrated to the U.S., and she writes of the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language. Yang's book eloquently expresses our shared experience as a nation of many immigrants, in the context of a culture with which few of us are familiar.”
— Sally Wizik Wills, Sister Wolf Books, Dorset, MN
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.