Graywolf Press, 2021

 

Winner of the 2022 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
Finalist for the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry
Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection

 

In this staggering work of documentary, poetry, and collage, Mai Der Vang reopens a wrongdoing that deserves a new reckoning. As the United States abandoned them at the end of its war in Vietnam, many Hmong refugees recounted stories of a mysterious substance that fell from planes during their escape from Laos starting in the mid-1970s. This substance, known as “yellow rain,” caused severe illnesses and thousands of deaths. These reports prompted an investigation into allegations that a chemical biological weapon had been used against the Hmong in breach of international treaties. A Cold War scandal erupted, wrapped in partisan debate around chemical arms development versus control. And then, to the world’s astonishment, American scientists argued that yellow rain was the feces of honeybees defecating en masse—still held as the widely accepted explanation. The truth of what happened to the Hmong, to those who experienced and suffered yellow rain, has been ignored and discredited.

Yellow Rain, by Mai Der Vang

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