Author Angie Chau (center), English faculty members Michelle Black (left) and Aimee Bates (right)
Stevenson students participated in a presentation, author reading, and a private writing session with Angie Chau, author of the critically praised short story collection Quiet As They Come
. Set in San Francisco from the 1980s to the present day, the debut collection explores the lives of Vietnamese immigrants as they struggle to adjust to life in their new country.
Chau's writing, and the insight shared during her visit, resonated deeply with students, many of whom can connect to the challenge of acclimating to a new culture.
Angie Chau discusses the creative process and overcoming writer’s block.
Chau's visit included a round-table lunch with current Vietnamese students, a reading by the author of her story "Silver Girl," a lively Q&A, and a chance for students to explore the process of translating truth into fiction via a writing exercise.
Stevenson students read Quiet As They Come
in conjunction with the well-known collection The Things They Carried
, by Tim O'Brien, which narrates the experiences of a platoon of U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War.