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Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Supermarket at Eon Mall in Bình Tân-Saigon









Last couple of days, I've taken my 26-month-old nephew here to teach him the names of fruits, so he's learnt táo [apple], cam [orange], nho [grape] and cà chua [tomato]. Suki already knew chôm chôm [rambutan], măng cụt [mangosteen], dừa [coconut] and chuối [banana]. As southerners, my in-laws are slightly disturbed, I'm sure, that Suki is speaking with a northern accent, which he's gotten from me.

In the US, accent also matters a great deal, and that's why it has been greatly diluted.

Traveling through the American South, I've asked people, "What happened to your accent?!" Attending highschool in Northern Virginia during 1979-82, I heard the southern accent quite regularly.



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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. 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), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. 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.