Tales of a Dragon Child tells stories adapted from Lucy’s memoir Dragon Child: Reflections of a Daughter of Annam in America. It also covers her scholarship on author Pham Van Ky and Lucy’s return trip to Viet Nam after living in America for 35 years.
The first strip introduces Lucy’s childhood in Viet Nam, emigration, and teaching in Massachusetts. Lucy began teaching at 14 to pay tuition after Communists destroyed her father’s farm.
After emigration in 1975 she educated young immigrants to high standards for their own ambitions. Her collection with anthropologist Joel Martin Halpern, The Far East Comes Near: Autobiographical Accounts of Southeast Asian Students in America captures the first generation of young people making their way in the United States after escaping the fall of Phnom Penh, Saigon and Vientiane.
The second strip, “Lessons from the Garden” is about Lucy’s parents. It retells an old story Lucy heard from her mother and an example her father set.
The old story is about twin brothers in love with one woman. Her father’s example was to bang his head on a wall.
“Dragon Child Returns” tells of her first visit back to Viet Nam. Lucy provided Jason with photos and spoke to us about her trip.
He shows Lucy’s visit to her brother, a priest who has returned to work with a national minority. For the print collection Jason has added an original cover, title page and endpapers to the four strips.