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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Old janitor--Singapore








Responding to my Singapore article at Unz, a Singaporean reader comments, "Living cost is not exactly low and the busboy, cleaner and other low paying jobs are often taken by elderly due to their lack of retirement fund. Some elderly rummage through rubbish bin to collect Al cans for extra cash. For those with money, they often stay with maid or old folks home. Unemployment rate of Singapore is nominally low and there is report of lack of labor at certain sector but you often heard complain of experienced locals being laid off and replaced by cheaper foreigner from PRC, India and Phillipine. Finding difficulty to find job, many end up driving taxis. Recent election shows increase in votes to dominant PAP party despite many expectation for opposition party."



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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.