At first I was going to try to fit these links into my review… but they just made it far too long, so here are some further links for tomorrow’s review.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my review of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I hadn’t planned to add this book to my collection, however, as A. M. Blair stated in her review, it can be reread at different stages of life. Already my reactions to it as a parent are now drastically different then when I read it before.
After rereading this book, I looked for other books about the Hmong-American experience. Two Wisconsin books are Mai Ya’s Long Journey and Hmong in the Modern World. There’s an early chapter book called Pa Lia’s First Day. Pang Xiong has a series of children’s early readers. Several memoirs also exist.
The Atlantic also has an interesting article about Hmong in Wausau (an area of central Wisconsin). The court case described is definitely worth reading about. The article also mentions this song as a source of inspiration:
This last one is a bit of a spoiler, so you may want to stop now if you haven’t read the book yet…
Lia lived for an extraordinary 26 years in a persistent vegetative state due to the loving attention of her family. This article reviews the book and includes information on her 2012 death.