Gather outdoors at Carpenter Nature Center for an in-person appearance of Hmong storytelling with author Kao Kalia Yang. Her father, Bee Yang, will open and close the evening with song poetry of kwv txhiaj, adding another layer to the poignant accounts of the Hmong from the mountains of Laos, through the refugee camps of Thailand and to new struggles in the United States. Kalia credits her father as one of her most important literary influences. She writes, “Your songs, sung and unsung, guide me in each story I encounter.”
Enhance your experience with a take-home kit of comforting and lively flavors from the kitchen of Chef Yia Vang. Chef Vang uses food to tell a story and believes that every dish has a narrative. Pre-order a meal kit ($85 meal for two) for post-presentation pick-up. The Meal Kit can be refrigerated overnight and heated at home the next day. Options include:
- Hilltribe Grilled Chicken Thigh with Lemongrass Scallion Ginger Sauce or
- Hmong BBQ Pork with Tiger Bite Hot Sauce
- both with Ginger Glazed Carrot, Khao Sen (noodle salad), Pickled veggies, Purple sticky rice – banana leaf, Pineapple Pound Cake with Tamarind Caramel and Toasted Coconut. YUM!!
Admission to this rain or shine event is free, but registration is required. In order to safely enjoy the show, registration is limited and visitors are asked to practice social distancing. An American Sign Language interpreter and Hmong translation will be provided for this event.