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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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POW-MIA-flag-in-2-2014--Chicago










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3 comments:

Michael Dawson said...

That POW-MIA thing is so sickening. My post office flies that flag!

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Michael,

I do feel very sorry for families who've lost their loved ones, yet do not know exactly what happened. Also, the POW-MIA issue is most commonly associated with the Vietnam War, but it has been an unsolved question with many other American wars.

Michael Dawson said...

Yes, modern wars always produce MIAs. That's part of the trick here, isn't it? To blame the enemy for war itself?

Also, what about the "MIAs" created by "our troops," not to mention the POWs we are holding without trial? I guess I just smell hypocrisy and Rambo here.

Also, it seems to me that this particular trope makes acceptance of war its premise. I'd like to see an MIA flag with rich guys sending grunts off to war.

I agree with empathy for the families who lost people, on any side.

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). 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). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.