Catfish and mandala : a two-wheeled voyage through the landscape and memory of Vietnam / Andrew X. Pham Pham, Andrew X., 1967-

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Pham, Andrew X., 1967-; Biography.; BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
"Catfish and Mandala is the poignant, lyrical tale 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. Intertwined with an often humorous travelogue spanning a year of discovery is a memoir of war, escape, and, ultimately, family secrets."--BOOK JACKET. "There is Pham's stepgrandfather Le, the fish-sauce baron of Phan Thiet, who claims his ancestors invented the condiment; his father, a POW of the Vietcong, who finally leads his family on a perilous boat journey to the land of their freedom; and his beloved sister Chi, a post-operative transsexual who commits suicide."--BOOK JACKET. "Pham deftly limns the lasting scars of the Vietnam War and the plight of a refugee family to create a haunting portrait of America, framed by the perspective of an outsider, a stranger straddling two continents."--BOOK JACKET. The author, a young Vietnamese-American man, shares the story of his solo bicycle journey around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam, and discusses his search for cultural identity in the Vietnam of his childhood.
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