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From Saigon to the suburbs

Sigh, Gone is Tran's first book, a recollection of his childhood growing up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, after his family's escape from Saigon right before the fall in 1975, when he was a baby.

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E Alex Jung | NYT 

A thoroughly Asian-American tension runs through Phuc Tran’s memoir, Sigh, Gone: no matter how many works of the Western canon Tran reads, ollies he pops or punk rock concerts he attends, a white boy could always cut him down with a racist slur. Tran is in second grade when a schoolyard bully taunts him on the playground, making slanty-eyed gestures before yelling an epithet. Tran doesn’t know exactly what the word means, but he understands its intent: It is a naming. And it’s a moment when Tran becomes fixed within the white gaze as someone not from here, but ...

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First Published: Fri, April 24 2020. 21:34 IST
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