In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his
people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing
or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the
spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings,
and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao
Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song
poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the... more...