As fiction , I’ve been asked about the War at nearly every or panel I’ve ever attended. I am not historian, nor was I alive during the war. I was born in America two years after the war to refugees who wouldn’t speak their losses and trauma for years. But people ask because I write about the war, or, rather, its consequences, particularly those experienced by the nearly 2 million Vietnamese people who left the country afterward, among them, my family. The only way I have learned to understand my family’s history is by writing about . I am not Vietnam War expert, and the people who me after readings know that. But they desperate to to someone, and my face appears . They don’t really want to hear what I think; instead, they want me to affirm their understanding of what happened, to reiterate that same narrative we’ve been hearing for years, the one that Ken Burns’ new 18-hour documentary reconfirms, with little new information, insight or perspective. When Burns and his collaborators announced plans to make documentary on the Vietnam War, I felt wary. Surely, the nationally […]

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