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ASIAN AM 160 Lecture 20: Asian American History Lecture 20
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Asian American Studies
Course Code
ASIAN AM 160
Professor
Cheng Cindy

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The Latehomecomer  The Latehomecomer is the grandmother  When the grandmother died, she journeyed back to Laos  The grandmother went back to where she came from o The clouds  The grandmother was also the first in the family to die a natural death after years of war  The Hmong fought hard to die a natural death and return home to the clouds o All the Hmong were experiencing a latehomecoming when the grandmother died  They were able to return to Laos and the clouds now that they were not affected by war Asian American Literature  Is not read as just fiction or literature  Rather, functions as a documentary of people and culture  Read as social history of marginal or minoritized status of Asian Americans Defining “Hmong” – Opening Vignettes  People from the sky  Hmong meant contained  Without a country  Residents of many countries  Always in between countries  War (displacement), camps and processing centers  Skin deep  A group that no one knows about – name that elicits question after question  A group that no one wants  Not even a “footnote” in history Where do the Hmong come from?
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