Today’s the 5th day of ReadAtMidnight‘s DAReadAThon! I’m more than halfway with Kao Kalia Yang’s “The Latehomecomer”–and it’s been heartbreaking! Because I am Hmong, this book has caused me to reflect deeply about the journey my parents had to make (They met in America), with their families from Laos to the Thailand refugee camps. While growing up, I often heard stories of how families were separated while crossing the Mekong River and how they went to school in the camps but I was rarely told about the pain and misery they had endured (probably because my parents didn’t want their children to know)–so, I was often seen, reading books about the Vietnam War, trying to find out what I can.
Anyway, I’m glad that I’m participating in the DAReadAThon! It’s certainly opened my eyes to new worlds and new, refreshing perspectives. I’ve been really motivated, reading book after book–learning from new voices!
Do you enjoy taking part in readathons?