Ocean Vuong emigrated to Hartford from Vietnam when he was two years old. His family brought with them the trauma of an American-led war that ravaged their people and their culture. How do they retain their culture and assimilate into one that doesn't want them?
His family struggled in a Hartford very different from the city that many of us experience. It's a place that still exists in the shadows.
Ocean’s family is a snapshot into a bigger and more pervasive picture of the problems in America that many choose to hide -- the toll of low-wage work, poverty, drugs, violence, and the erasure of histories and ways of living life that don't fit neatly into the American myth.
- Ocean Vuong - A poet and the author of the novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired July 17, 2019.