Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Immigrant of the Day: Professor Lan Cao (Viet Nam)

Cao653 Lan Cao (1961-) is the author of the 1997 novel Monkey Bridge and is a professor of law at the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Monkey Bridge is the semi-autobiographical story of a mother and daughter who leave Vietnam to come to the United States.

Cao was born in Vietnam and experienced the Vietnam War as a civilian. She moved to the United States when she was 13. Cao received her B.A. in political science from Mt. Holyoke College and her J.D. from the Yale Law School. She specializes in International Business & Trade; International Law; Law and Development. Cao currently teaches Corporations, International Business Transactions, and International Trade Law.

Cao joined the William & Mary law faculty in 2001 after teaching law at Brooklyn Law School. She clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and practiced law with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.

Besides Monkey Bridge (1997), Cao is co-author of Everything You Need to Know About Asian Americans (Penguin Plume 1996) ( 2d ed. 2004). Cao has written many law review articles.



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The IntlGrrls (http://intlawgrrls.blogspot.com/)
offered kudos to Lan Cao for being named Immigration of the day.

Posted by: KJ | Aug 24, 2007 2:58:10 PM

Dear Lan Cao,

As the author of the Monkey Bridge, I'd like you to join me a number of other authors who are contributing to Saigon Noir. (I am a former law professor--University of British Colubmia). Would love to have you involved with this project. Here it is in a nutshell.

A Proposal for an Anthology
Editor: Christopher G. Moore

You will be joining writers such as internationally best selling authors as John Burdett and François Lelord who have committed to submitting a story for this collection.

I have previously edited (and contributed to) Bangkok Noir, (www.bangkoknoir.info) which was launched in March 2011. This anthology has received considerable international praise. French rights have been sold, and the publisher is in negotiation for foreign right sales to German, Japanese and Chinese translations. We had 12 authors contributing to Bangkok Noir. I don’t have a fixed number in mind for Vietnam Noir but between 12 and 15 seems about the right number.

Saigon Noir, like Bangkok Noir, will put the spotlight on a well-known Southeast Asia city. Given the complex history of Saigon, we anticipate that this book will reach a wide international audience.

The idea is to bring together in the anthology the best Vietnamese and foreign authors whose creative magic to create a glide path for readers to new perspective, incorporating the culture, history and language of Vietnam.

Berlin, London, Mumbai, Paris, Amsterdam among many other cities have been the subject to a noir book containing stories about crime in their city. Bangkok has been added to the list of the great cities of the world and deserves a collection of noir tales told by writers who know the city and have established themselves as novelists.

In Saigon Noir, rather than limit ourselves to one city, we have opened up the possibility to explore noir in other places in Vietnam. This should allow for you to place a story in a place that you feel best highlights the noir experience.

The length of each story is between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Each story is set in Vietnam and revolves around a ‘crime.’ Noir implies dark. In this collection the term is expansively used to include dark humor. The story can be a contemporary one or historical. So long as the noir style is used the rest is up to your imagination.

I’d ask that you submit your story on or before 1st September 2011.
The publication date is 8 January 2012.

Please let me know if you would accept my invitation.

Best regards,

Posted by: Christopher G. Moore | May 12, 2011 3:44:25 AM

I always enjoy reading for Lan Cao whether being her legal writings or novels. Bashar H. Malkawi

Posted by: Bashar H. Malkawi | Sep 10, 2018 11:19:13 AM

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