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Cold War FriendshipsKorea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature$
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Josphine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.001.0001

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Shame and Love

Shame and Love

Andrew X. Pham’s Catfish and Mandala

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(p.227) 8 Shame and Love
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Cold War Friendships
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Josephine Nock-Hee Park

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.003.0009

Chapter 8 reads Andrew X. Pham’s grief-stricken memoir Catfish and Mandala as an exposé of sordid friendly attachment that ultimately detaches him from Vietnam. His memoir uncovers the secret family business that funded their escape from Vietnam after the war: a brothel that served American GIs. Upon his return to Vietnam, Pham finds himself indicted as a profiteer of the war. This chapter reads Pham’s horror at this order of friendly alliance against two subsequent literary returns to Vietnam, in which he finds healing modes of writing from a post–Cold War vantage point. These later works offer new modes of alliance: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace, a translation of the diaries of a North Vietnamese Army doctor and Under the Eaves of Heaven, an elegiac rendering of his father’s past in Vietnam—both products of active collaboration with his father.

Keywords:   Catfish and Mandala, Andrew X. Pham, The Tale of Kieu, military prostitution, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace, Dang Thuy Tram, Under the Eaves of Heaven

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