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Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American teacher, public speaker, and writer. She is the author of the award-winning book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2017. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.

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What does it mean to remain faithful to our shyness? When feeling at home in ourselves is different from feeling at home in the world.
Something dark lurks in the shadows of Kao Kalia Yang's childhood memories. Two spectral encounters, unsettling and unexplained.
A reflection acknowledging that the injustice of suffering can't be wrapped up in a neat bow of closure. Instead, we the author looks to her culture’s understanding of ancestry — in the responsibility we have to the loved ones we’ve lost.