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The Latehomecomer Book Club Questions



The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir is a 2008 nonfiction memoir by Hmong-American author Kao Kalia Yang. The story follows the author and her family as they escape the violence of Laos for refugee camps in Thailand and then eventually make their way as refugees to the United States. It's a personal and intimate look into Hmong history and culture, which many students may be unfamiliar with. These questions can help guide a class discussion about this book, its content, and its themes.




The Latehomecomer Book Club Questions


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Join neighbors from throughout the St. Croix Valley in reading The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang. In June 2021, we will celebrate the arts with activities related to themes found in the book. See www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/latehomecomer for reader resources and discussion questions.


Teen Advisory Group: Area youth are invited to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Teen Advisory Group at 4 p.m. to suggest books and other materials for the library to purchase, assist library staff in creating fun library programs, and make the library welcome for all. If you have any questions, email the library at detroit@larl.org .


One of our former questions includes, "What would you put ona Hmong Studies syllabus?" Because I'm teaching in an EnglishDepartment and prefer to teach literature (as opposed to sociological oranthropological studies), I include [Anne Fadiman's] The Spirit CatchesYou [And You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and TheCollision of Two Cultures], a journalist's approach to culture andmedicine in a specific context. But is Spirit really Hmong or only aboutHmong? It's now part of the canon. And then there is Kao KaliaYang's The Latehomecomer [A Hmong Family Memoir], a memoir. I have shownGran Torino and critiqued it. The collection Bamboo Among the Oaks[Contemporary Writing By Hmong Americans by Mai Neng Moua] is anothercollection available for use on such a syllabus. It's not a new book. 350c69d7ab


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