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Mai Ya's Long Journey by Sheila Cohen
Books for young readers and teachers from the Office of School Services
Just released by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, "Mai Ya's Long Journey" (Paperback: $12.95; ISBN: 0-87020-365-7) is the first book in the new Badger Biographies Series, designed to help upper elementary and middle-school readers explore the stories of Wisconsin people. "Mai Ya's Long Journey" relates the personal story of Mai Ya Xiong and her family. Their journey from the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Madison, Wisconsin, is extraordinary. Yet it is typical of the stories of the 200,000 Hmong people who now live in the United States and who struggle to adjust to American society while maintaining their own culture as a free people. The author, who has known Mai Ya since she was in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Randall Elementary, brings her personal perspective to this compelling story.
Sheila Cohen is a former English as a Second Language teacher for the Madison, Wisconsin school district, and is currently a freelance writer.
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