Under the Cloud Apple Tree, my work-in-progress, won “Most Promising” in the Picture Book Category at SCBWI CenCal’s Writer’s Day, Oct. 14. This is a children’s book based on the true story, “Flickering Little Lights,”
My poem “Smoking a Pot of Gold” was a finalist in Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest and appears in issue 33 (Sept. 2016) of Cha: An Asian Journal.
An excerpt from “Catching Shrimp with Bare Hands” appeared in The Missing Slate, an international arts and literary journal dedicated to upholding free speech around the world.
Brain, Child Magazine featured my essay “Just One Box to Define My Child” as part of its Cultural Diversity blog series.
“Flickering Little Lights,” a piece about catching fireflies in the Mekong Delta, is in Issue 29 (Sept. 2015) of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.
“Patrol Boat Stop on the Mekong River” won first place in the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2014 GENEii Family History Writing Awards and was featured in the Summer 2015 issue of The Searcher.
Catching Shrimp with Bare Hands: A Boy from the Mekong Delta is the true story of my husband’s childhood growing up in the midst of the Vietnam War and his struggle for freedom after the Communist takeover (ViewPort 2015).
“Immersion: Seeing Through Different Eyes” my essay for Literary Mama’s After Page One Blog discusses the challenge of writing in English without losing the context of Vietnamese language and culture.