#250posts24hrsAAPI - 63: Mai Der Vang, Afterland, UCLA, And A Book Signing

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sounds like a great event and getting a chance to meet and greet with Mai Der Vang.

'Afterland': Poetry of Mai Der Vang
The "Flight of the Hmong People and Their Survival as Refugees"
Talk & Book-Signing
Thursday, May 25, 2017
UCLA Public Affairs 2270

Mai Der Vang’s 'Afterland' is a powerful collection of poetry that recounts with devastating detail the Hmong exodus from Laos and the fate of thousands of refugees seeking asylum. By telling the story of her own family, Vang also provides an essential history of the Hmong culture’s ongoing resilience in exile. Many of these poems are written in the voices of those fleeing unbearable violence after US forces recruited Hmong fighters in Laos in the Secret War against communism, only to abandon them. That history is little known, but the three hundred thousand Hmong now living in the United States are living proof of its aftermath. With poems of extraordinary force and grace, Afterland holds an original place in American poetry and lands with a sense of humanity saved, of outrage, of a deep tradition broken by war and ocean but still intact, remembered, and lived.

Mai Der Vang is the winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and is an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle and coeditor of 'How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology'. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post.

Sponsored by the UCLA South-East Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEACLEAR), Graywolf Press, and the UCLA Department of English.
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