Two Gifted Vietnamese American Writers Coming to OC


Authors Monique Truong and Andrew Lam are scheduled to visit Orange County's Vietnamese American Arts N Letters Association (VAALA) on Tuesday, September 21 to celebrate the publishing of their new books.

Truong, a Saigon native who lives in New York City, will discuss Bitter in the Mouth, her novel about a North Carolina Asian woman who discovers “the secret of her origins.”

Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times “notable” book.

San Francisco resident Lam will discuss East Eats West, his part
memoir, part cultural anthropology that delves into everything from cuisine
to martial arts to sex and self-esteem. Lam's prior book, Perfume
, was an award-winning collection of his essays.

The event–which will take place at the VAALA Cultural Center at 1600 N. Broadway, #101, in Santa Ana–is free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail the organization at or call (714) 893-6145.

–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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