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The song poet : a memoir of my father / Kao Kalia Yang.

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 YAN (Text) 33500012350997 Main Available -
Frazee LINK Site 921 YAN (Text) 33500012374112 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781627794947
  • ISBN: 1627794948
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2016.

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Summary, etc.: "From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America. 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 mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt his orphanhood. He would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until, one day, a song was born. Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine. Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a love story--of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 March #2
    Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (2008), builds upon that beautiful chronicle in this hauntingly lyrical tribute to her beloved father. As she recounts his life as a fatherless child, a refugee, and a stranger in a strange land, a portrait emerges of a spiritual man who heals his soul and elevates the lives of his children with the rich artistry of his homespun compositions. To put it in accessible American terms, Bee Yang "raps, jazzes, and sings the blues when he dwells in the landscape of traditional Hmong song poetry." Keeping alive the stories, the history, and the culture of his homeland, he passes them along to his children through an art form steeped in centuries of tradition and lore. Barely keeping poverty at bay, he makes sure his family warm and secure through the bitterly cold Minnesota winters, paying homage to their collective heritage until time and bitter circumstances steal the songs. A memorable and moving immigrant story. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

KAO KALIA YANG is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. Her work has been published in Longreads and the Virginia Quarterly. Yang, who has taught at Columbia University and Concordia University-St. Paul, among other places, lives in Minnesota.

Subject: Yang, Bee, 1958-
Hmong Americans > Minnesota > Biography.
Singers > Minnesota > Biography.
Hmong poetry > Minnesota.
Songs, Hmong > Minnesota.
Refugees > Minnesota > Biography.
Yang, Kao Kalia, 1980- > Family.
Fathers and daughters > Minnesota.
Hmong (Asian people) > Social life and customs.
Hmong (Asian people) > Laos > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Cultural Heritage.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Personal Memoirs.
Genre: Biographies.
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