The American Dream With a Vietnamese Twist
Andrea Louie, A Tale of Immigrants, and a World We Still Don’t Know, Chicago Tribune
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
Judith Coburn, Starting Over, LA Times
Judith Coburn, Starting Over, LA Times, September 14, 1997. Read more.
Donna Seaman, June 1, 1997, Booklist
Jeanne Schinto, The Women’s Review of Books
Mary K. Feeney, Two Stories of Loss, Love, Assimilation, Hartford Courant
Fran Bauer, A Journey Away From War To New Ground, Haunting Bridge’ Travels Beyond Saigon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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
Brent Kliewer - Novel moves between Vietnam and America, Santa Fe, New Mexican (New Mexico)
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
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
Weekend All Things Considered: Jacki Lyden, Interview
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Duke Law: The Impact of Technology
Long Way from Saigon, Asian Week, The Voice of Asian America
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
Orange County Register, Sunday Morning Edition
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
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...