Cactus Book Club: “dejsiab: from my liver to yours” by: Mai Neng Vang

Wed 04/05/23

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Join us on Wed April 5th at 5:30pm for our next Cactus Book Club. The Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA) will be leading the discussion on dejsiab: from my liver to yours by Mai Neng Vang. This “one of a kind poetry book that explores colonialism, patriarchy, hope, and healing through a critical Hmong womxn’s lens”.

Recommended bookseller: Hmong Educational Resources (HER) Publisher “believes in the power of education and the impact of stories. We are an independent publisher of books about Hmong people, culture, and life experiences.”

Founded in 1993, HAWA is “the first and only Hmong women’s organization in the state of Wisconsin, HAWA dedicates its resources to the advancement of Hmong women and girls. Our innovative programs are designed to be language and culture specific to the Hmong community that concentrates in three areas: (1) Youth, (2) Family, and (3) Women’s Leadership”. Find out more about their wide array of social service programs, how to donate, or ways to volunteer at For immediate needs, call HAWA’s 24 hour Hmong Family Strengthening Helpline: 1-877-740-4292 (Bilingual in Hmong/English)


Cactus Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 in the back room at Cactus Club. Each month a different business, community organization, collective, or artists chooses the book and leads the discussion. We read fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on works by women, LGBTQ+, POC, and/or otherwise under-published groups. You don’t have to finish reading the book to attend. All book club meetings are free. No registration required. Masks are optional but encouraged. 18+.

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