In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Tran’s struggle to assimilate into their new life. Sigh, Gone explores one man’s bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the ‘80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature; and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery, Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes—and ultimately saves—him. Listen to author Phuc Tran discuss his memoir and the process of writing.
This talk is part of the virtual author event series American Stories, Inspiration Today with moderators Kristin Motte of the Boston Public Library and Margaret Talcott of American Ancestors NEHGS.
BIO: Phuc Tran
Phuc Tran majored in Classical Languages and Literature at Bard College and obtained his Master’s Degree at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Shortly after graduation he moved to New York City in 1997 to be a tattoo apprentice while teaching Latin during the day.
In 2012, he delivered a TEDx talk which was highlighted by NPR’s TED Radio Hour.