Mai Ya's Long Journey
Mai Ya's Long Journey follows Mai Ya Xiong, a young Hmong woman, from her childhood in Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp to her current home in Wisconsin. Mai Ya's parents fled Laos during the Vietnam War and were refugees in Thailand for several years before reaching the United States. But the story does not end there. Students will read the challenges Mai Ya faces in balancing her Hmong heritage and her adopted American culture as she grows into adulthood.
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Book Series: Between Two Worlds: Asian Pacific American Heritage The Refugee Experience: Books for Children Refugees: Books for Middle Grades