As an author who is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and grew up in Orange County, California, I feel that it is important to highlight the diverse perspectives and experiences represented in literature. This includes the works of bipoc authors and biopic books, which can shed light on underrepresented communities and offer insights into different cultures.
The protagonist and themes of my book, My Father, the Panda Killer, reflect my own background and experiences as a Vietnamese American author. It is a great example of Asian young adult books, which offer relatable stories for young readers who may be searching for representation in literature. With the rise of Vietnamese American authors and other bipoc writers, it is crucial to support and uplift their voices in the literary community.
“A profoundly moving, achingly resonant story of love, family, and coming of age amid the lingering echoes of war.”
Jeff Zetner, Award-Winning Author of The Serpent King and In the Wild Light
“A touching exploration of identity and reinvention painted with gentle but precise brush strokes.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Unflinching, unapologetic, and ultimately unforgettable. Hoang dives into one family's complicated history and emerges from the depths with hard-earned truths about memory, trauma, and perseverance."
Minh Lê, author of the award-winner Drawn Together