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Monkey Bridge

The American Dream With a Vietnamese Twist

Mar 11, 2020 by Lan Cao
The American Dream With a Vietnamese Twist, Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, August 19, 1997. Read More.

Andrea Louie, A Tale of Immigrants, and a World We Still Don’t Know, Chicago Tribune

Mar 07, 2020 by Lan Cao

Andrea Louie, A Tale of Immigrants, and a World We Still Don’t Know, Chicago Tribune, July 27, 1997. Read More

Isabel Allende, Introduction of Lan Cao

Mar 04, 2020 by Lan Cao
Isabel Allende, Introduction of Lan Cao, Book Passage, Corte Madera, July 28, 1997

Judith Coburn, Starting Over, LA Times

Mar 03, 2020 by Lan Cao

Judith Coburn, Starting Over, LA Times, September 14, 1997. Read more. 

Donna Seaman, June 1, 1997, Booklist

Mar 02, 2020 by Lan Cao
Donna Seaman, June 1, 1997, Booklist. Read More.

Jeanne Schinto, The Women’s Review of Books

Mar 01, 2020 by Lan Cao
Jeanne Schinto, The Women’s Review of Books, pages 10-11, July 1997. Read more. 

Mary K. Feeney, Two Stories of Loss, Love, Assimilation, Hartford Courant

Feb 28, 2020 by Lan Cao
Two Stories of Loss, Love, Assimilation, Hartford Courant (Connecticut) August 17, 1997; Arts, pG3, Mary K. Feeney

 

Fran Bauer, A Journey Away From War To New Ground, Haunting Bridge’ Travels Beyond Saigon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Feb 25, 2020 by Lan Cao

Fran Bauer, A Journey Away From War To New Ground, Haunting Bridge’ Travels Beyond Saigon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) August 31, 1997. Pg. 9

 

John Marshall, An Immigrant’s Tale: Novel First to Tell The Experiences of Vietnamese in U.S., Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Feb 21, 2020 by Lan Cao
John Marshall, An Immigrant’s Tale: Novel First to Tell The Experiences of Vietnamese in U.S., Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 26, 1997

Brent Kliewer - Novel moves between Vietnam and America, Santa Fe, New Mexican (New Mexico)

Feb 18, 2020 by Lan Cao

Novel moves between Vietnam and America, Santa Fe, New Mexican (New Mexico) July 20, 1997, Brent Kliewer. Read more. 

Anne Morris, ‘The necessity for building bridges’; Lan Cao reveals Vietnam, Austin American-Statesman

Feb 17, 2020 by Lan Cao

Anne Morris, ‘The necessity for building bridges’; Lan Cao reveals Vietnam, Austin American-Statesman (Texas), July 5, 1998 p. D8. Read more. 

Merle Rubin, Riveting Tales of Romance and War, Christian Science Monitor

Feb 17, 2020 by Lan Cao
Merle Rubin, Riveting Tales of Romance and War, Christian Science Monitor, July 14, 1997. Read more.

Weekend All Things Considered: Jacki Lyden, Interview

Apr 16, 2014 by Lan Cao
National Public Radio, July 20, 1997, Transcript Number 97072008-216. Read More. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Apr 15, 2001 by Lan Cao
Crossing From Vietnam With Lan Cao, Spring 2001 view pdf

L'Express Magazine

May 15, 2000 by Lan Cao
L'Entretien: Lan Cao, May 2000 view pdf

Duke Law: The Impact of Technology

Apr 15, 1999 by Lan Cao
Visiting Law Professor Lan Cao's Vietnam Memories Turned into Praised Work of Fiction, Spring 1999 view pdf

Long Way from Saigon, Asian Week, The Voice of Asian America

Dec 03, 1997 by Lan Cao
November 27-December 3, 1997, Hane C. Lee

Since 1990 and Jessica Hagedorn’s brilliant “Dogeaters,” there have been maybe a half dozen first novels by Asian American women widely lauded for their originality, their unique voice, and their promise. But the attention given Lan Cao’s exquisitely melancholic and deeply introspective work “Monkey Bridge” goes even further.

As the first novel of the Vietnam War experience written by a Vietnamese American, the book has not only garnered praise from special-interest segments such as Vietnam War scholars, but also from the popular media, such as People and the New York Times.

But unlike “Dogeaters” – whose sharp-tongued, attitude-laden characters seem to effortlessly traverse the cultural mélange of contemporary Manila – “Monkey Bridge” illuminates a clash of...

Brooklyn Law Society: Law Notes

Sep 15, 1997 by Lan Cao
Spotlight: Professor Lan Cao, Fall 1997 view pdf

Orange County Register, Sunday Morning Edition

Aug 24, 1997 by Lan Cao
Across a Trembling Span, by Hieu Tran Phan, August 24, 1997

For more than two decades, Lan Cao has lived under the shadow of the Vietnam War.

The specter first appeared in 1975, when South Vietnam’s imminent surrender to communist forces compelled the 13-year-old’s family to flee their homeland. Cao resettled in Arlington, VA. She mastered English. Made new friends. Attended Mount Holyoke College and Yale University’s Law School. Became a Wall Street lawyer, and now a law professor in Brooklyn.

All along, however, the shadow of war trailed her.

Soon after setting foot on U.S. soil, she witnessed its oppressive silence toward the ostracized veterans. She felt its sting of prejudice from people who labeled her a Viet Cong. She seemed forever attached to the...

Across Monkey Bridge, Asian Pages

Aug 15, 1997 by Lan Cao
August 1-14, 1997, Twin Cities, Minnesota, By Frank Joseph

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche observed, one hundred years ago, “Humanity is a bridge stretched over an abyss from the past to the future.” His poetic analogy has been most recently brought back to life in a transgenerational, transcultural story by Lan Cao.

But Monkey Bridge is neither fiction woven from whole cloth, nor a thinly veiled historical novel. To be sure, the author’s own flight from her native Vietnam, when she was 13 years old, just before the U.S. military withdrawal, and her rapid American acculturalization with which her emotionally traditional mother had difficulty keeping pace, are the fundamental elements upon which Monkey Bridge was built. But her experience, although deeply personal, was...