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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of one man with two souls, December 7, 2010
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This review is from: East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (Paperback)
I learned about Andrew through a friend of mine. She has chosen one of Andrew's interviews on NPR's All things considered for her English class at NYU and the UN. I asked her why. She only said I should read his works.
So I started with Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, and one thing lead to another, I found myself devouring Andrew's second book "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres". This is why I like this book in a nutshell.
1. I like Andrew's writing style: simple yet beautiful, insightful yet wickedly witty, soft yet daring...
2. I personally have similar identity factors mentioned in the book, and I feel that my thoughts were very well stated. As a Vietnamese growing up absorbing another culture, who thinks and feels differently from my parents, my people, I am glad that there is some body out there who shares it with me.
3. Andrew was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, as the youngest son of a Saigon's general. He grew up in a villa in the romantic city of Dalat, Vietnam, spoke French at school and Vietnamese at home, came to America at 11 and found himself turning American little by little... I guess this, and being a journalist in the Bay Area give Andrew the sensibility and the insight to feel, think and write about the differences between the Old Continent Asia and the New World America the way he does.
I hope to see more of Andrew's works in the future...
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