“Vietnamized” available to read

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I have an original short story featured in an anthology with stories by furries of color. You can order it (here), or from my short fiction page.

Premise of “Vietnamized”: A Vietnamese tigress’s relationships with her parents and Nigerian elephant boyfriend change forever when a traumatic head injury renders her unable to speak English.

Remixt Publication: Behind the Scenes

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Pencil drawing of Lac Long Quan and Au Co I did years ago in high school

“Tucked In the Folds of Our Eyes” is my attempt at combining the diaspora narrative and Vietnam’s creation myth at under 500 words. It’s a story that went through a very interesting editing process. The first flash story I’ve attempted and finished, it’s now published in Volume 2 of Remixt Magazine: an experimental project in which multiple guest editors curate the same submission pool.

From Remixt’s site: “This is an experiment to show how different editors have different tastes and ideas. Some choices will likely overlap, but some won’t, and the reasoning behind the choices may vary. People often ask how editors think. This is an exploration of the the rich array of ways to answer that!”

Three editors were interested in publishing my story. According to Julia Rios, the overall manager of Remixt, that’s a record number of editors accepting a story to feature in their issues. In the past, up to two editors were interested in an accepted piece. Most of the time it’s just one editor. Overlap turned out to be rare, according to Volume 1 results. With each editor overseeing their own issue, that meant my story would appear in three issues. No, it’s not the exact same story copied and pasted across. Each issue contains a different form of the story! More on that below.

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You Know You’re Vietnamese When…

  • Your last name is Nguyen, or you know someone whose last name is Nguyen. (This one’s pretty unavoidable, considering that over half of Vietnam’s population carries this name.)
  • Other common last names you might have include Pham, Le, Vu, Ho, Duong, or Vo.
  • Someone in your family works at the nail/hair salon, or you know someone who works at one.
  • You get your nails done or hair cut at said nail/hair salon.
  • Your family owns a collection of ASIA or Paris By Night DVDs.

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