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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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LIONS-DEN--North-Charleston-3








All of the patrons of the Lion's Den were black, except me. The owner was an Indian-American. Been in North Charleston since 1982, he ran for city council a few years ago, but did not win. The governor of South Carolina is Nikki Haley, of course, an Indian-American. This bar owner carries four passports, of India, the UK, New Zealand and the US, and has traveled to 53 countries. Housed in a former car repair shop, this bar has no draft beer or air conditioning, but does feature pool tables, a juke box, TV, video and casino games, and every two weeks, there's a DJ, but no one under 30 is admitted on those occasions, "The young crowd is nothing but trouble." The statues are from his previous business.



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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, and have returned to my native Saigon. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems soon to be released from Chax Press. I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.