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Saturday Book Club: Somewhere in the Unknown World

Saturday, June 19, 2021
10:00 am11:30 am

Join us on Saturday, June 19th at 10:00AM CST for our Saturday Book Club featuring Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Yang.

All over this country, there are refugees. But beyond the headlines, few know who they are, how they live, or what they have lost. Now, with nativism on the rise, Kao Kalia Yang—herself a Hmong refugee—has gathered stories of the stateless who today call the Twin Cities home.

Here are people who found the strength and courage to rebuild after leaving all they hold dear. Awo and her mother, who escaped from Somalia, reunite with her father on the phone every Saturday, across the span of continents and decades. Tommy, born in Minneapolis to refugees from Cambodia, cannot escape the war that his parents carry inside. As Afghani flees the reach of the Taliban, he seeks at every stop what he calls a certificate of his humanity. Mr. Truong brings pho from Vietnam to Frogtown in St. Paul, reviving a crumbling block as well as his own family.

In Yang’s exquisite, necessary telling, these fourteen stories for refugee journeys restore history and humanity to America's strangers and redeem its long tradition of welcome.

We'll start our Saturday book club meeting by hosting a Q&A with Kao Kalia Yang, lead by RST's Development Director Ashley Faye, and break into smaller community groups after to go even deeper into a discussion about the incredible stories in Somewhere in the Unknown World.

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