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The son of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in the United States around the 1975 Fall of Saigon, An Tran—whose debut collection of short stories, Meditations on the Mother Tongue, came out in February—has a keen eye for the tensions between homeland traditions and contemporary American culture. I had the pleasure of reading parts of the book during our low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte; his early work made a huge impression on...

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