Catfish and Mandala
A true story by Andrew X. Pham
An immensely fascinating, highly personal, and insightful book by Vietnamese-born Andrew Pham who returns from California to explore the country of his birth.
You may have some measure of Vietnamese history and culture from a Western writer like David Lamb who spent many years there, but Vietnamese-American Pham truly bridges cultures for readers providing insights and nuances into Vietnamese culture.
As a side, the true story of his return at a tumultuous time in his life and desire to discover his cultural identity is captivating, as he moves from adventure to the next you will find it hard to put the book down. As a bonus, much of Pham's travel takes place on bicycle. —Patrick Morris, Indochina Travel