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Catfish and Mandala Catfish And Mandala Is The Story Of An American Odyssey A Solo Bicycle Voyage Around The Pacific Rim To Vietnam Made By A Young Vietnamese American Man In Pursuit Of Both His Adopted Homeland And His Forsaken Fatherland Andrew X Pham Was Born In Vietnam And Raised In California His Father Had Been A POW Of The Vietcong His Family Came To America As Boat People Following The Suicide Of His Sister, Pham Quit His Job, Sold All Of His Possessions, And Embarked On A Year Long Bicycle Journey That Took Him Through The Mexican Desert, Around A Thousand Mile Loop From Narita To Kyoto In Japan And, After Five Months And 2,357 Miles, To Saigon, Where He Finds Nothing Familiar In The Bombed Out Darkness In Vietnam, He S Taken For Japanese Or Korean By His Countrymen, Except, Of Course, By His Relatives, Who Doubt That As A Vietnamese He Has The Stamina To Complete His Journey Only Westerners Can Do It And In The United States He S Considered Anything But American A Vibrant, Picaresque Memoir Written With Narrative Flair And An Eye Opening Sense Of Adventure, Catfish And Mandala Is An Unforgettable Search For Cultural Identity.


10 thoughts on “Catfish and Mandala

  1. says:

    Andrew X Pham sCatfish and Mandala A Two Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnamtells the story of Andrew Pham, a young Vietnamese American man who travels to his hometown in search of finding himself due to a conflict between his adoptive land and his native land The book is based on a memoir that uses flashbacks during the war, when Pham s family were imprisoned in Vietnam However, escaping from Vietnam by boat, the family was able to start a new life in America.Andrew X Pham sCatfish and Mandala A Two Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnamtells the story of Andrew Pham, a young Vietnamese American man who travels to his hometown in search of finding himself due to a conflict between his adoptive land and his native land The book is based on a memoir that uses flashbacks during the war, when Pham s family were imprisoned in Vie...


  2. says:

    History is a nightmare from which Andrew X Pham is trying to awake I have a variety of odd and vague unappealing habits One of them is reading one star reviews on Goodreads In the case of this book, one review of this book reads, in its entirety, Just because you go on a cool vacation doesn t mean you have to write a book about it Call me all hyper sensitive, but that seems just a smidge unfair I mean, as a child, the guy endures the danger and chaos of the lurching end of a war, his fat History is a nightmare from which Andrew X Pham is trying to awake I have a variety of odd and vague unappealing habits One of them is reading one star reviews on Goodreads In the case of this book, one review of this book reads, in its entirety, Just because you go on a cool vacation doesn t mean you have to write a book about it Call me all hyper sensitive, but that seems just a smidge unfair I mean, as a child, the guy endures the danger and chaos of the lurching end of a war, his father is imprisoned and nearly killed, the family endures a nerve wracking illegal journey out of the country in an open boat, followed by a prolonged period in a refugee camp where fellow inmates try to force his siblings into prostitution Things get a little better when they g...


  3. says:

    Vietnamese American Andrew Pham writes about his search for cultural identity in a book that is both a memoir and a biking travelogue He remembers the fall of Saigon, his father s imprisonment in a communist reeducation camp, and the family s escape from Vietnam in a leaky fishing boat when he was a ten year old After a stay in an Indonesian refugee camp, the family came to the United States and eventually settled in California Although he recognizes the sacrifices made by his parents, he als Vietnamese American Andrew Pham writes about his search for cultural identity in a book that is both a memoir and a biking travelogue He remembers the fall of Saigon, his father s imprisonment in a communist reeducation camp, and the family s escape from Vietnam in a leaky fishing boat when he was a ten year old After a stay in an Indonesian refugee camp, the family came to the United States and eventually settled in California Although he recognizes the sacrifices made by his parents, he also recounts how the Pham children were subjected to his father s temper and beatings The suicide of his transgendered sibling was the impetus for Andrew Pham s journey of self discovery.The author quit his job as an aerospace engineer, and traveled by bike up the Pacific Coast, through Japan, and up the length of Vietnam He visited important places in his family s history and found them completely changed While...


  4. says:

    This book created a clear image of post war Vietnam, but while I enjoyed following Pham s travels, I never became truly engaged with the book Although the author constantly reiterated his deep and troubling ambivalence about his native land, his struggle failed to grab my heart The book contained some scenes that were theoretically poignant and wrenching, but I just didn t think Pham s writing was strong enough to break through the screen of journalistic observation and actually convey authent This book created a clear image of post war Vietnam, but while I enjoyed following Pham s travels, I never became truly engaged with the book Although the author constantly reiterated his deep and troubling ambivalence about his native land, his struggle failed to grab my heart The book contained some scenes that were theoretically poignant and wrenching, but I just didn t think Pham s writing was strong enough to break through the screen o...


  5. says:

    We have a lot of work to do on race in America I m exhausted just thinking about it, but as a white as you can get without bleach American I have to at least show up to read books like these Because Americans of color and other ethnicities have to live through the brutality of it every day of t...


  6. says:

    2.5 stars


  7. says:

    This was a moving and engaging memoir Mr Pham is very skilled at vivid description and is careful not to over sentimentalize the often deeply personal subject matter He is honest about his family and about his own feelings in a way that is highly admirable His quest to explore his own identity is something that many people can relate to Although his situation is rather specific, the book deals with themes that are fairly universal I would strongly recommend this title to anyone that enjoys This was a moving and e...


  8. says:

    I loved this book Found it in a hotel in Hanoi, it was the perfect book to read as I returned home and reflected on our trip Pham captures the rawness, beauty, chaos, and striving that characterized my brief visit better than I ever could His own story is remarkable escaped Vietnam with his family after the war, boat nearly sank, refugee in America, growing up in a rough neighborhood, family drama and trauma, and of course his journeys peddling through mexico, the Pacific coast of the us, an I loved this book Found it in a hotel in Hanoi, it was the perfect bo...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book was slow to grow on me Pham s style of writing seemed choppy at first it jumped points in time quickly, without much in the way of description But, as you get into the book, and, of course, when he gets to Vietnam, the story really comes to life This may simply be because of my own time spent in Vietnam a couple of years ago His sparse descriptions of life in Saigon and Hanoi evoked my own memories of time spent in those cities In the end, I came to enjoy his quick descriptions This book was slow to grow on me Pham s style of writing seemed choppy at first it jumped points in time quickly, without much in the way of description But, as you get into the book, and, of course, when he gets to Vietnam, the story really comes to life This may simply be because of my own time spent in Vietnam a couple of years ago His sparse descriptions of life in Saigon and Hanoi evoked my own memories of time spent in those cities In the end, I came to enjoy his quick descriptions and choppy sentences I don t necessarily think with correct grammar either, and this is a book about a man and his bicycle About halfway through, I started asking myself what the mandala was Where is it Why isn t it mentioned at all in the book My basic understanding of a mandala was that of a visual representation of the universe and li...


  10. says:

    I found this memoir last week while browsing in a used bookstore I m ashamed to say this was my first book about the Vietnam War from the perspective of a Vietnamese Pham s is the story of a refugee s return to Vietnam in the early 1990s, shortly after the country became open to tourists Pham, as a young man in his 20s, takes a bike trip around the country hoping to gain insight into his past and to gain perspective on what he has come to view as the dysfunction that is his family From the f I found this memoir la...


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