Author and immigration activist Kao Kallia Yang will speak to students at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Alice Peters Auditorium of the University Business Center at California State University, Fresno. The event is free and open to the public.

Yang wrote “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” and is cofounder of Words Wanted, an agency that helps immigrants with writing, translating and business service.

She was born in 1980 and lived the first six years of her life in a refugee camp in Thailand before immigrating to the United States. Yang’s novel is a memoir of her family, focusing on the story of her grandmother that recounts her family’s journey to America.

“Seeing a young and talented writer encourages other Hmong to share their stories and ideas through writing or other media,” said Dr. Franklin Ng, a professor of anthropology and adviser to Fresno State’s student club, AmerAsia.

The event is sponsored by the Asian American Studies program, the English Department and the College of Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Ng at 559.278.5167 or