Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter


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6.2 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Lan Cao is the author of Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm, and most recently of the scholarly work Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change. She is a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, and an internationally recognized expert specializing in international business and trade, international law, and development. She has taught at Brooklyn Law School, Duke University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and William & Mary Law School.Harlan Margaret Van Cao is a student at UCLA. She was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and moved to Southern California when she was ten.


"Brilliant, startling, and necessary, Family in Six Tones takes us deep into the singular bond of a mother and daughter, separated by their countries of birth and of coming of age, yet fiercely connected by a love wrought out of loss and the will to create anew. This memoir will forever trouble the water of the American Dream, complicating it and clarifying it of the myths and masks of survival, assimilation, and success. Family in Six Tones reminds us that Vietnamese refugees, like so many who call this country home, are not amnesiacs. We carry within us memories of faraway places and discarded lives. Thus our dreams here are haunted, unsettled, and yet we still dream."--Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt