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Ocean from shore under dark sky

Farewell to Douala

Sex. Brutality. Animal faces. Wrathful oceans. Rickety boats. Stupid men who robbed my human rights. Insecure love affairs. Floating corpses’ love affairs. Am I also a floating corpse? What else?

“Rabbit-in-the-Moon,” by Viet Dinh

My girlfriend Hiroko’s grandmother was the first mochi death of the new millennium, and I knew that this was bad news. Spirits freed from their earthly bodies on New Year’s Day are immensely powerful—it’s winning the spirit lottery—and all debts must be reckoned immediately.

Winter 2005 Cover

MQR 44:1 | Winter 2005

The Winter 2005 issue, guest-edited by Rebekah Linh Collins, is the second volume of a special double issue devoted entirely to the topic “Viet Nam: Beyond the Frame.” It contains some remarkable work.

Together with Part 1 (Fall 2004), this special issue offers the richest assortment of writings about Vietnam ever assembled in an academic journal. Some 450 pages altogether offer an unprecedented range of literary and discursive works about Viet Nam past and present.

Fall 2004 Cover

Fall 2004

The Fall 2004 issue, guest-edited by Barbara Tran, is the first volume of a special double issue devoted entirely to the topic “Viet Nam: Beyond the Frame.” It contains some remarkable work.

Together with Part 2 (Winter 2005) this special issue offers the richest assortment of writings about Vietnam ever assembled in an academic journal. Some 450 pages altogether offer an unprecedented range of literary and discursive works about Viet Nam past and present.