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Somewhere in the Unknown World

A Collective Refugee Memoir

by Kao Kalia Yang

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Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Yang
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Political violence and persecution forced them to flee their countries. Their stories of escape and resettlement are beautifully told.

Resettled refugees are mostly invisible. Their needs are rarely publicized and their struggles are often marginalized, if they are given attention at all. Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir introduces African, Asian and European refugees who have settled in Minnesota. It is a tender collection of stories, and while saturated with despair, the individual accounts of courage and perseverance are riveting. And complex. Leaving a country you love is an intricate and painful affair.

The collection is authored by Kao Kalia Yang, who was once a refugee herself. She lived in a camp in Thailand before Minnesota. Though the stories are written by Yang, each is attributed to the person who told it. The accounts she has gathered are ones of escape and resettlement from her family and friends. This is a unique book in that the accounts read like short stories. There is not...

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