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An edgy collection of 70+ English short stories from Vietnamese people across the world about our struggles with cultural identity.
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This kickstarter is for a printed copy of the The I AM VIETNAMESE anthology. It is an edgy collection of 70+ English short stories from Vietnamese people across the world about our struggles with cultural identity, failure, parents, expectations, and life itself. Contributing authors include best-sellers Madeline Truong, Andrew Pham, Andrew Lam, and MasterChef Christine Ha, as well as many talented amateurs. All proceeds go to charity.

Read it before you commit! The anthology has been released as a FREE EBOOK! We believe you will love it so much that you will want a printed copy to share with friends and to support these wonderful Vietnamese charities! 

Within its 300 pages, you will find 70+ short stories of a Vietnamese generation full of optimism and angst. These raw stories run the gamut from quirky parents, cultural confusion, child abuse, bi-cultural marriage, and sexuality. This book will make you laugh and cry. 

The Vietnamese living overseas are a special group of people. We are a people without a land. But, that doesn't mean we don’t have a culture. Regardless of our varying grasps of the Vietnamese language and our cultural heritage, we are bounded by our struggles, our values, and our parents’ quirkiness. In our hearts, if nowhere else, we are Vietnamese. 

The anthology aims to inspire and connect those like us to provide a sense of community while we struggle on own personal journeys, and to remind to us that we are not alone. We share the same hardships — overprotective parents, the inability to communicate, the struggle to incorporate western and eastern ideals, and the fear of disappointing others. As we read personal accounts of those like us, we feel inspired, connected, and like we belong.

All AUTHOR'S proceeds will go towards three phenomenal charities — the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA), Sunflower Mission, and the Vietnamese American Scholarship Foundation (VASF). Tax-deductible receipts available upon request. 

Risks and challenges

Little amount of risk. The book has already been published as an ebook. We are looking at different print shop options but that is low risk.

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    Virtual High Five! Thank you for your support! Check out the ebook on us!

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    Your own physical copy of the IAmVietnamese Anthology! Get a copy of the first print!

    Ships anywhere in the United States, $5 extra for international friends.

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    A special, personalized, SIGNED COPY of the IAmVietnamese Anthology! I am sure my signature will be worth gold in the future, but if not, rest assured the rest of the money goes to charity!

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    TWO PACK! 2 SIGNED COPIES of the IAmVietnamese Anthology and a POSTER of the cover!

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    Super generous backers at this level receive 2 autographed books and a PHO LUNCH on Huy Pham whenever the backer wants it (provided I'm in town)!

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    SUPER ULTIMATE DONOR!

    This donor will also get his or her name included on the book's back cover and our webpage! This donor receives 250 copies of the physical book to do whatever he or she wishes!

    We suggest donating to great events like Len Duong Camp, Catalyst Foundation's Culture Camps or UNAVSA Conference!

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