Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Andrew X. Pham

ISBN: 9780312267179

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Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam  by  Andrew X. Pham

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham
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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 inMoreCatfish 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, hes 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 hes 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.



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