The Latehomecomer A Hmong Family Memoir In search of a place to call home thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America But lacking a writt

  • Title: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
  • Author: Kao Kalia Yang
  • ISBN: 9781566892087
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others Driven to tell her family s story after her grandmother s death, The Latehomecomer is KaIn search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others Driven to tell her family s story after her grandmother s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.Beginning in the 1970s, as the Hmong were being massacred for their collaboration with the United States during the Vietnam War, Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family s captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, and their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp.When she was six years old, Yang s family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language Through her words, the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community have finally found a voice.

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    1. This book hit home for me, literally. Yang and her family move to Minnesota and settle into a housing project very near where I lived when I was in elementary school. Due to the high Hmong population in St. Paul, I went to school with a handful of Hmong kids and reading this memoir makes me realize that although I was in classes with these kids, even had desks adjacent to some of them, I definitely did not appreciate who they were and what some of them were going through at the time. I have no d [...]

    2. I loved this book because it emotionally moved me. I want to feel connection with those I read about, and I certainly did that here. The book tells about the Hmong people - their traditions, their culture and the role their people played in the Vietnam War. In what is called The Secret War Hmong boys from Laos were recruited to fight against communist forces. After the Vietnam and Laotian Wars, hundreds of thousands of Hmong refugees fled to Thailand seeking political asylum. We follow these eve [...]

    3. I've been flagellating trying to write a review of this story, I think because I want so badly to relate it to the multitude of political cultural historical events that it skirts, always affected by them but rarely addressing them. That is a credit to Ms. Yang, who establishes herself here as a powerfully lyrical writer, with both feet firm in what I (as an ignoramus) imagine to be the Hmong oral tradition. Though these pages together are a memoir, the Latehomecomer is not Ms. Yang but rather h [...]

    4. When the United States withdrew from Vietnam, they left the Hmong people in dire straits. One third of them were killed during the war, one third were the victims of genocide by the North Vietnamese and the Pathet Lao soldiers. Those that were alive fled to the jungles and tried to hide and eke out a sort of life. This is the story of Kao and her family, written and narrated by her and the characterization are very vivid and poignant. She herself, was born in Thailand, in a refugee camp, after h [...]

    5. The only book I'd read about the Hmong previously was The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Culturesby Anne Fadiman. I felt that Fadiman was portraying the Hmong as a mysterious puzzle to be solved. This is the first book I have read from a Hmong perspective. It humanizes the Hmong and gives them more of a context. I place the Hmong in the context of other independent spirited mountain peoples with distinctive cultures such as the [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book. Growing up around several Hmong people, I was shocked that I did not know the Hmong story. I read this book and it whetted my appetite to learn more about the Hmong people. Next, I read "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down." This book explains the Hmong plight very well, and helped me understand The Late Homecomer more. My favorite part in this book was when the family came to the United States and she writes how they took a bath with a strange smelling soap and [...]

    7. As part of an immigration project I'm working on, I recently spent a lot of time interviewing members of the Hmong community in Minneapolis-St. Paul. For those who don't know, the Hmong are an ancient Chinese tribe that centuries ago moved mostly to Laos, where they fought for the Americans during the Vietnam War.This of course put them in great jeopardy after the war ended, and thousands of Hmong fled to refugee camps in Thailand and then to the U.S where the largest single concentration now li [...]

    8. Halfway through this book I decided that it should be required reading for any non-Hmong person who lives in the Twin Cities/western Wisconsin or in California's central valley--any place where the large numbers of Hmong families have resettled. I later found out it is required reading this year for the incoming class at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. I learned a lot about the incredible struggles faced by the Hmong during and after the Secret War in Laos. The writer's voice is clear a [...]

    9. Kao Kalia Yang's written words read just like her spoken words sound - eloquent, sparse, and powerful in their own quiet, poetic way. Kalia's book is the first novel published by a Hmong American woman, and as a creative non-fiction memoir of her family's migration from the hills of Laos to refugee camps in Thailand to the cities of Minnesota, it makes a beautiful addition to the long history of Hmong storytelling as well as a promising start to what is likely to be an incredible career for Kali [...]

    10. My introduction to Hmong people was when I first visited my daughter's family who had just moved to Wisconsin. There was a large, happy group of Asian people at the park. She told me they were Hmong. "What is Hmong?" I asked. She said they were from Viet Nam. She was sort of right. They did live in Viet Nam, but really they are a race, a culture, a community without a country. My daughter has since made many friends with Hmong, one of whom recommended she read this book. She did and recommended [...]

    11. This is a beautiful memoir, deftly written, and the arc of three generations of women's lives gives a wonderful resiliency to the text. There are repeated images - walking; typing; struggling to speak - but within the disparate worlds of Laos, Thailand, and the United States each theme takes on a different resonance. The author's focus on words - spoken, then written, and the relationship between the two in more than one language - is haunting, and I got chills when she wrote an essay in high sc [...]

    12. Kao Kalia Yang tells her family's story from the jungles of Laos to the projects of St. Paul and beyond with grace, humor, compassion and wonder. She retells her grandmother's stories with a respect that leads one to truly appreciate the ease of our lives.Yang struggled as a child with English, school, and double expectations. She has overcome obstacles most of us couldn't and has become a gifted storyteller, just like her grandmother.As I drive around St. Paul after finishing the book, I find m [...]

    13. I worked with a Hmong guy for about a year and he told some stories about the fighting in Laos. He had a lot of kids. It is easy to imagine him as one of this woman's uncles. He had a similar history in St. Paul as her family. It was really interesting to read about her introduction to America, Minnesota and especially the St. Paul Public School system.The way she explains her grandmother, the central character of the story, is so slow, showing and not telling, leaving out over-wrought psycholog [...]

    14. It is good to know about the struggles of the Hmong people. The author is about four years younger than me, so all of her family's efforts to survive have taken place while I was living a parallel comfortable life. It is healthy to make this comparison and see that they have the same needs and desires and capabilities as my family. They just haven't been as fortunate. This book is beautifully written. What talent!

    15. This was a great, great book about what happened to the Hmong after the Vietnam War. Very lyrically written, and heartbreaking in the raw emotion it conveys. Tells the true story of her family who had to hide for four years in the jungles of Laos while being hunted by Vietnamese soldiers. After one too many close calls with death, the dad decides to swim across the 1/2 mile wide Mekong River while towing his daughter, wife, and mom even though he didn't know how to swim, just so they can reach t [...]

    16. Strikingly beautiful memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, whom I heard of through the Radiolab controversy last year -- lovely, sad and loving.Though perhaps it's not for me to say, not being As-Am, I think it's a very valuable representation of an Asian-American experience not often described -- one that's on the opposite end of the spectrum from your Tiger Mothers. The things Yang talks about -- the vulnerability of her parents and grandmother, the role reversal when kids have the skills to navigate a ne [...]

    17. My mom gave me this book after meeting Kao Kalia Yang at an in-person event. I had heard of the Hmong people but knew nothing of their story. I found the account of the author's family's struggle during the Vietnam War to be so sad and heart-wrenching no one should have to endure the fear and danger that they lived through. There is a quote attributed to Mark Twain that goes, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." In this book, I traveled with Yang's family to Laos, then [...]

    18. Although I was aware of the sudden influx of Hmong immigrants into Minnesota when I was living there in the late 80’s, I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know much about them until I read this book. Kao Kalia Yang was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and emigrated with her family to St. Paul, eventually growing up to attend Carleton College. This is both her story, of the immigrant child trying to fit in, but even more it is the story of her family. She is raised with the stories of [...]

    19. Minnesota author, Kao Kalia Yang, wrotes a beautiful, deeply moving memoir of her family's journey from Laos to America. She captures the essence of their struggles leaving Laos, in the refugee camp (where she is born) and assimilating to an American-Hmong lifestyle. She laces their story with the thread of the elders unending hope that their offspring would have better opportunities making their sacrifices worthwhile. There are many inspirational and tear jerking passages that touched me deeply [...]

    20. A beautiful, well written memoir that describes one Hmong family's journey from the Secret War and its aftermath in Laos and Thailand to coming to America as refugees and trying to obtain the "American Dream" while still holding onto their culture. Very relevant in today's world with the plight of Syria as well as a part of history that is not discussed in the classroom, I highly recommend The Latehomecomer to anyone who enjoys stories of struggle, determination, family, history, and traditions. [...]

    21. This has been on my "to-read" list for quite some time, and I'm glad that my upcoming Carleton reunion prodded me into prioritizing it (the book will be discussed as part of my class's "special events" at our June reunion). I've often wondered exactly what the "before" life was like for people who were former refugees in Southeast Asia--my residence in Worthington has allowed me the privilege of meeting and knowing so many people from that background--and Kao Kalia Yang, with whom I'm proud to s [...]

    22. This is a family memoir told from the perspective of the second oldest girl in a large Hmong family, from their life-altering escape from Laos to Thailand where they spent time in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, to their emigration to St. Paul. The title refers to Kao Kalia Yang’s struggle to understand and accept the desire of her parents to leave the land of her young childhood for a better life in the U.S. For years she is silent, not quite understanding why her parents worked so hard to achiev [...]

    23. This morning I finished rereading The Latehomecomer to get ready for the Golden Valley Reads events related to the book, the author, and the Hmong community and culture. Yang's descriptions evoke the senses in many ways. So much of this book touched my heart, especially for me the last few chapters concentrating mostly on her grandmother's stories and aging. I felt like I sitting with Yang, her grandmother, and her family, and for the first time in my recent memory I teared up and cried while re [...]

    24. This story needs to be told and Kao Kalia Yang has done a beautiful job. The Hmong suffered tremendously in the aftermath of the Vietnam war and many of them relocated to Minnesota. I have read several books recently about the immigrant experience and have a great deal of empathy for them. This line particularly resonated with me:"You do not think so much about hunger if you have never been full."

    25. Three and a half stars, I think. A tremendous, moving story of a refugee Hmong family. I learned a great deal about a people and their history. The writing felt like it could use a sharper edit, though, with plot and characters needing to be sharpened.

    26. I read this for a book group and thoroughly appreciated it. I doubt that I would have picked this book to read on my own, because I tend to prefer fiction to nonfiction, but I am glad I read it because it forced me to step out of my comfort zone and broaden my book horizons. Not only was it well written and thought provoking but it did genuinely make me see things through another persons point of view. Eye opening and emotional from start to finish.

    27. DNF: Too sad, too repetitive. I don't really understand why The Big Read chose this book. I'm sure there are many better choices to share the immigrant and refugee experience.

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