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Why Do You Look at Me and See a Girl?
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Spring 2021
240 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771834452
ISBN10: 1771834455
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK
Making coal patties. Selling liquid soap. Shopping at a glittering shoe mecca. She's done them all living half her life in deprived-post-war-communist-Vietnam-turned-free-market. Coming to America at 29 and experiencing life here as an adult is a push towards her transcending journey to transform herself from an international student to a naturalized American, to a new self free of the dead past and her ancestors' sins. Why Do You Look at Me and See a Girl? is a story written by a full-fledged bilingual who, as her adoration for the impeccable American logical trait is put into perspective, struggles to get free from the power play and biases, cultural inhibitors and prejudices that condition human behaviors, be it in Vietnam, America or Thailand. It starts with a prison visit and moves to a journey through the jungle carried out for family reunion. Drawing strength from her grandmother, the author debunks many -isms around her. She believes in fighting these same or new fights again and again--women are still taken for granted, a(n) (Asian/Vietnamese) woman exists as a stereotypical image, the Vietnamese and Vietnamese American parents are obsessed with academic degrees, the Vietnamese overindulgence of men over women is a social crime, a large number of Asians submit to western iconography unawares, and how she resists the attraction of marrying a tall white guy. Knowing Vietnam and America like the palm and dorsal side of her hand, the author brings home in Why Do You Look at Me and See a Girl the multiple perspectives of the world around her.

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Why Do You Look at Me and See a Girl?