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Monday, November 9, 2015

On Tuesday, November 10th,

I'll have a public presentation in Leipzig:

Leipzig reading



destroytheuniverse said...

Good to see you being acknowledged!

Olliver said...


I was there yesterday and the venue, despite the lack of any posters outside, was jam packed. Some even had to take a seat on the floor. The audience consisted primarily of (graduate) students, local academics and few ex-pats from the US. Some guy was filming the event so my guess would be it is likely to surface on Youtube anytime soon.


destroytheuniverse said...

Really glad to hear about the turnout you got and look forward to seeing it on youtube

Rudy said...

When it appears on Youtube, please let us know.


Linh Dinh said...

Hi all,

I will post the YouTube video when it's available.

Before reading, a middle-aged man asked me to sign three cards he'd made himself. On it were three images of me, including me appearing on Press TV.

Alisa Kotmair also came down from Berlin. An American filmmaker, Kotmair has been living in Germany for 20 years. One of her focuses is the Vietnamse diaspora--Kotmair is half Vietnamese--and she told me about this incident from 2014:

Closer look at rescue of Vietnamese women from Ghana brothel

A Ghanaian investigative journalist has shed light on the activities of a sex slave ring in Ghana, which was run by two Chinese human traffickers and involved six Vietnamese women aged 29 to 38, who were rescued by local police earlier this month.

The women were forced to watch porn in order to serve customers, even when they had a period.

Ghanaian police saved the six from their bondage around mid-March, after the women had been staying in the African country for nine months, thanks to information provided by multimedia journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Anas, who focuses on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in Ghana, spent some five months as an undercover reporter to carry out his surveillance of two Chinese-run brothels in western Ghana’s Tema and Takoradi coastal cities following an intelligence tip-off from Interpol last November.

“I do a lot of human rights stories. As a journalist, I'm encouraged to expose the bad guys and help the victims at all times,” Anas told Tuoitrenews in a recent email interview.

Anas told the story of six Vietnamese women who were lured by an unidentified fellow countrywoman who promised to offer them well-paid jobs in factories and restaurants in the United States and Norway, but who instead brought them to Ghana where they ended up working in prostitution rings and living in bondage.

Torture, death threats

The six Vietnamese victims had their passports and travel documents seized upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra in June last year, according to Ghanaian media.

They were soon sold to a Chinese woman, Li Tian Ping, who ran a brothel in Tema in the country’s western region. In an initial Tuoitrenews report, Li Tian Ping was referred to as a man under the name Tian Ping.

The women lived in a 12-bedroom apartment and were forced to offer sexual services to men of various nationalities.




About Me

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 a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), 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). 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.