[ BOOKS ] ✭ Catfish and Mandala Author Andrew X. Pham – Moi-sosedi.info

Catfish and Mandala Catfish And Mandala Is The Story Of An American Odyssey A Solo Bicycle Voyage Around The Pacific Rim To Vietnam Made By A Young Vietnamese American Man In Pursuit Of Both His Adopted Homeland And His Forsaken Fatherland Andrew X Pham Was Born In Vietnam And Raised In California His Father Had Been A POW Of The Vietcong His Family Came To America As Boat People Following The Suicide Of His Sister, Pham Quit His Job, Sold All Of His Possessions, And Embarked On A Year Long Bicycle Journey That Took Him Through The Mexican Desert, Around A Thousand Mile Loop From Narita To Kyoto In Japan And, After Five Months And 2,357 Miles, To Saigon, Where He Finds Nothing Familiar In The Bombed Out Darkness In Vietnam, He S Taken For Japanese Or Korean By His Countrymen, Except, Of Course, By His Relatives, Who Doubt That As A Vietnamese He Has The Stamina To Complete His Journey Only Westerners Can Do It And In The United States He S Considered Anything But American A Vibrant, Picaresque Memoir Written With Narrative Flair And An Eye Opening Sense Of Adventure, Catfish And Mandala Is An Unforgettable Search For Cultural Identity.


10 thoughts on “Catfish and Mandala

  1. says:

    Andrew X Pham sCatfish and Mandala A Two Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnamtells the story of Andrew Pham, a young Vietnamese American man who travels to his hometown in search of finding himself due to a conflict between his adoptive land an


  2. says:

    History is a nightmare from which Andrew X Pham is trying to awake I have a variety of odd and vague unappealing habits One of them is reading one star reviews on Goodreads In the case of this book, one review of this book reads, in its entirety, Just because you go o


  3. says:

    Vietnamese American Andrew Pham writes about his search for cultural identity in a book that is both a memoir and a biking travelogue He remembers the fall of Saigon, his father s imprisonment in a communist reeducation camp, and the family s escape from Vietnam in a l


  4. says:

    This book created a clear image of post war Vietnam, but while I enjoyed following Pham s travels, I never became truly engaged with the book Although the author constantly reiterated his deep and troubling ambivalence about his native land, his struggle failed to grab


  5. says:

    We have a lot of work to do on race in America I m exhausted just thinking about it, but as a white as you can get without bleach American I have to at least show up to read books like these Because Americans of color and other ethnicities have to live through the brutal


  6. says:

    2.5 stars


  7. says:

    This was a moving and engaging memoir Mr Pham is very skilled at vivid description and is careful not to over sentimentalize the often deeply personal subject matter He is honest about his family and about his own feelings in a way that is highly admirable His quest to exp


  8. says:

    I loved this book Found it in a hotel in Hanoi, it was the perfect book to read as I returned home and reflected on our trip Pham captures the rawness, beauty, chaos, and striving that characterized my brief visit better than I ever could His own story is remarkable escaped


  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book was slow to grow on me Pham s style of writing seemed choppy at first it jumped points in time quickly, without much in the way of description But, as you get into the book, and, of cou


  10. says:

    I found this memoir last week while browsing in a used bookstore I m ashamed to say this was my first book about the Vietnam War from the perspective of a Vietnamese Pham s is the story of a refugee s return to Vietnam in the early 1990s, shortly after the country became open


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