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The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
by Yang, Kao Kalia
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1. How does this story shape Yang's perspective on life? Is there a story from your childhood that continues to affect how you see your place in the world?
2. Why is it important to Yang's parents that they teach their children about identity? How would you answer the question, "What are you?"
3. What do their experiences teach Yang's parents about love, and how does their relationship change after they are separated by the war?
4. If you were forced to leave your home, what would you carry with you?
5. As a small child, how does Yang experience and react to the hardships of daily life in the camp?
6. How do parents determine how much to share with their children and how much to shield from them?
7. Why does Yang's grandmother resist her son's decision to leave the camp? What is at stake for each of them? How does immigrating to America change the role Yang's grandmother plays in her family and community?
8. What role should Americans play in helping the Hmong- and other refugees, including Iraqis, Afghanis, and Kurd- who have been our steadfast allies in overseas conflicts, but find themselves unable to return to their countries?
9. Have you ever need to communicate with someone, but did not know how? What role can literature play in increasing understanding between people?
10. What spiritual journeys do we all attempt in life and in death? How do our rites of celebration and mourning help us on these journeys?