UWM’s Common Read Presents: An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang

“Latehomecomer” author will speak on memory and history

 The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presents “Memory and History: An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang,” author of “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of the UWM Student Union, 2200 East Kenwood Blvd. The event will include a talk about the memoir, a Q&A with Yang, book signing and reception. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Union Information Desk or by calling 414-229-4825.

The UWM committee that selected “The Latehomecomer” as the 2013 Common Read for this year’s incoming freshmen believes the book can educate UWM students about Hmong history and culture and about Wisconsin, which is home to the third largest Hmong-American community in the country. In addition, the book speaks of home, family, identity, cultural assimilation, and other topics of particular significance to new college students.

“I am so happy that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has selected ‘The Latehomecomer’ as its  fall 2013 Common Read book,” Yang said. “I believe this is the first time a Hmong-authored book has been selected by such a huge university for such a big reading audience. I am excited to visit the university, meet some of its students, speak to its population about the story that I come from and the stories that live inside all of us.”

The event is ticketed but free and open to the public. To pick up your ticket, visit the Information Desk located on the ground floor of the UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. To learn more about the UWM Common Read, visit commonread.uwm.edu.

“Memory and History: An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang,” is cosponsored by Union Programming, Union Sociocultural Programming, Student Success Center, Center for Instructional and Professional Development, Hmong Student Association, Hmong Diaspora Studies Program, Cultures and Communities, The First-Year Common Read Experience, and the UWM Department of English.

The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Common Read Experience is to bring to light important social and moral issues through literature. The focus is to create dialogue between students and faculty where first-year students are able to take a glance at the work and relate it to their course and community environment.