OneBook CRC

2010-2011: The Latehomecomer

2010-2011: The Latehomecomer

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The OneBook Project encourages the Cosumnes River College's entire campus and neighboring community to read and discuss a common book during each academic year.

The One Book CRC selection for the 2010/2011 academic year was
The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
This book is available for checkout at the CRC Library.



About the Book
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 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.

Together with her sister, Kao Kalia Yang is the founder of a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services. A graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University, Yang has recently screened The Place Where We Were Born, a film documenting the experiences of Hmong American refugees.



Click on the following links to view short videos from the CRC Student Panel that was held in March 2011: Video 1 : Video 2 : Video 3 : Video 4 : Video 5

To enhance your reading experience you may also want to visit the following websites (Please note that Cosumnes River College is not responsible for content on third party websites.):

Visit Kao Kalia Yang’s website.

Watch videos of Kao Kalia Yang:


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