Meet Phuc Tran, bestselling author of Sigh Gone, a memoir about his refugee childhood in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Hear Jerry's conversation with Phuc as they chat about the first time Phuc learned the power of words, what got him to finally believe that he should write a book, and what message of advice he has for those who want to share their own stories.
We celebrate Phuc sharing his story, filled with smiles, tears, and emotions, about this growing up in a foreign land with parents who often never understood him.
We support his book and his decision to share his story, one that matters so much in helping Asian Americans and others feel like they are not alone in their immigrant and refugee journey.
We are inspired by him being bold and taking the stage at TEDxDirigo 8 years ago, which ultimately led him to writing Sigh, Gone. Thank you for writing the book.
About Phuc, in his own words:
"I was born in Sài Gòn Việt Nam, my family fled to America in 1975, and I grew up in Carlisle PA. Reared on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, John Hughes, Star Wars, Bones Brigade videos, and bootlegged cassettes of Minor Threat and TSOL, I graduated high school in 1991. I majored in Classical Languages and Literature at Bard College—how did no one talk me out of that?—got my Master’s Degree at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and then moved to New York City in 1997. There I apprenticed to be a tattooer while teaching Latin during the day, and I’ve been teaching and tattooing ever since. I’ve never been good at staying in one lane—ask my wife about my driving.
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Praise for Sigh, Gone:
New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/books/review/sigh-gone-phuc-tran.html
OC Register: https://www.ocregister.com/2020/04/24/author-phuc-tran-talks-about-his-vietnamese-american-coming-of-age-story-in-sigh-gone/
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