...I can feel my children feeling it, through my feeling it. They watch me as I read to them. I, too, am a refugee, I tell them. What a thing it is to be removed from a land, to flee from it, to begin again.
— Elizabeth Tran
As a compassionate meditation on the inner life of an ethnic Lao refugee, with bursts of un-italicized and untranslated dialogue in both Hmong and Lao, Vongsay’s book marks a significant turning point.
— Aarohi Narain, Hmong Times
My advice is pursue your passions and what you are interested in because it shows if you are doing good work, it shows. And if you are being excellent in it, people will notice. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, I mean make money and feed yourself and sh*t, but pursue your passions.
— Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay