October 1, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers

Video: Interview with Lan Cao, author of “The Lotus and the Storm”

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Lan Cao is a Vietname-American author and a professor of law at Chapman University School of Law in Orange County. Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, Cao’s father was a high-ranking commander in the South Vietnamese army, and after the northern People’s Army prevailed in South Vietnam in 1975 she was flown out of the country and adopted by family friends in Connecticut. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Monkey Bridge, was the first work of fiction published by a major publishing house about the Vietnam War written by a Vietnamese-American.

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