Diversity Dialogue Reading Group: “The Song Poet,” by Kao Kalia Yang

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Faculty and staff, there are still spots available in the spring Diversity Dialogue reading group!

“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. . . . 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.” –Macmillan

This book club discussion will be led by CTL Diversity Fellows Mzenga Wanyama, English, and Rachel Lloyd, Education. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Hmong Women Together, the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, and the Asian American Student Association.

An RSVP is required to attend one of the following two meeting times:

Book Discussion Group 1:
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:30 pm in Marshall Room

Book Discussion Group 2:
Thursday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 pm in OGC 100

Click here to RSVP and to reserve your copy of “The Song Poet.”