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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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First wedding banquet--Quy Hop








A provincial wedding in Quy Hop (pop. 119,000), lasting three days. For the first banquet, a 57 pound goat was slaughtered, and that's enough food for seven tables. Every bit of the goat was used for a variety of dishes, including blood pudding. The banana wine was house-brewed, and the crazy folks of Quy Hop can put that away like you wouldn't believe. One guy was using a beer mug to down his banana wine.

Quy Hop is apparently the only Vietnamese place where you must shake everyone's hand after a toast. Even in the next town, they don't do that.



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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 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.