Feb. 23, 2010: le thi diem thuy lecture and reading offered

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Today, March 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Fine Arts, Room 150

lê thi diem thúy is a novelist, poet and solo performance artist. She left her native Vietnam by boat in 1978 with her family and settled in Southern California. lê writes about the experiences of Vietnamese refugees living in the United States, in her words, the "floating casualties of history." By focusing on the experiences of individuals within historic events, she confronts conventional history and memory. Her well-received first novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For (2003), chronicles the life of a Vietnamese girl growing up in California with memories of being a boat refugee and of a brother who drowned in Vietnam as well as an alcoholic father.

This free event is open to the public. It is co-sponsored by UAA Student Activities, the Rasmuson Foundation, United States Artists, UAA Women's History Month Committee, UAA Diversity Action Council and the UAA Book of the Month committee. For more information about this and other Student Activities events, please call (907) 786-1219 or e-mail events@uaa.alaska.edu.

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