Vietnamese California: A Boom Conversation
Wednesday, March 7th
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
What role has, and does California play in Vietnam?
What role does Vietnam play in California’s past, present, and future?
Come join us this Spring in Orange County’s Little Saigon to explore these questions and meet best-selling authors Thi Bui and Andrew Lam. Today’s chroniclers of Vietnamese California, Bill Gates called Thi Bui’s memoir, The Best We Could Do, one of the top-ten books of 2017; and frequent contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, Andrew Lam’s book on the Vietnamese diaspora, Perfume Dreams, won the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and Birds of Paradise Lost was a finalist for the California Book Award. Ahead of a new Boom series on “Vietnamese California,” these leading writers will be joined by the following scholars of the Vietnamese experience for a conversation moderated by Boom California Editor Jason Sexton:
- Allison Varzally, Professor of History (CSUF) and author of Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migration (UNC Press)
- Sarah Grant, Assistant Professor of Anthropology (CSUF)
- Phuoc Duong, Lecturer of Asian-American Studies (CSUF)
The event will be held at Viet Bao News, 14841 Moran St., Westminster, 92683, in the heart of Little Saigon. Come along early to enjoy some of the world’s best Vietnamese food at any number of nearby restaurants. Books will also be available for sale and signing.
Please RSVP since space is limited, and you’ll want to come along early to ensure seating.