Capstone Event: An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang
Join Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and natural storyteller, as she navigates her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—from imprisonment, their harrowing escape, a refugee camp, and their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old.
Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and natural storyteller. Driven to tell her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—Yang wrote The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir as a “love letter” to her grandmother whose spirit held her family together through their imprisonment in Laos, their harrowing escape across the Mekong River and into a refugee camp in Thailand, their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old, and their transition to a hard life in America. That book went on to be the winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize.