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40 Years After Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese-American Writers Discuss War, Emigration

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Forty years ago Thursday, Communist forces captured Saigon, marking the end of the Vietnam War and triggering a mass migration of Vietnamese to California and other parts of the U.S. On this anniversary, we talk with local writers about fleeing Vietnam, living with the shadow of the war and the evolution of California’s Vietnamese-American communities.


Andrew Lam, editor of New America Media and author of "Birds of Paradise Lost" and "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora"

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of "The Sympathizer: A Novel" and associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC

Aimee Phan, author of "The Reeducation of Cherry Truong" and associate professor of writing and literature at California College of the Arts in San Francisco

Liz Noelani Clevenger, curator, Presidio Trust exhibit 'Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies


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