Refugee

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Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang will appear at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the John Muir Middle School Auditorium to share the story of her family’s journey from the jungles of Laos, where they were no longer welcome, to the refugee camps in Thailand and then to America.

A reception after the presentation will feature copies of Yang’s book, “The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir,” for sale and autographing. This event is part of National Library Week 2010 celebration April 11-17.

 For more information on events visit the library Web site at www.mcpl.us

 

Editorial Reviews

In pre-revolutionary Laos, “I, little slave” was the traditional, formal expression of the word “I.” This book is the memoir of the Laotian civil servant Bounsang Khamkeo, who was raised in the Laos of tradition and feudal politeness but was educated in France. Upon his return to Laos during the chaotic seventies he worked in the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the last non-communist government and was witness to the corruption and eventual disintegration of that world. He continued in the same capacity for the Pathet Lao until the new regime became distrustful of the worldly Khamkeo and imprisoned him. He survived his years in prison and moved to the United States in 1989.     book 
Told with a directness, honesty, and attention to detail that is rare in such documents, I, Little Slave also gives us the tragedy of Laos, an ancient land caught between competing forces, ideologies, and values. The book is unforgettable and ranks with the best captivity stories ever written.

 

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