The Big Read 2021

The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

About the Book

The Latehomecomer, written by Kao Kalia Yang, was the first memoir written about the Hmong people, recalling her own family’s story. The novel takes readers along on a journey beginning with her family’s imprisonment in Laos and their escape to a Thailand refugee camp ending with their immigration to Minnesota.

Check out this podcast from the NEA Big Read website to hear from Kao Kalia Yang for insight on what inspired her memoir and more!


“Every door that opens, I have to make sure that its open for the next one.”

Kao Kalia Yang

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