Tucson Festival of Books

Oanh N Ngo Usadi

The Moth

Oanh Ngo Usadi was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Her first book, "Of Monkey Bridges and Banh Mi Sandwiches, from Saigon to Texas," tells the story of her family's harrowing escape from Vietnam and their journey to become Americans in a small Texas town.  Her latest book, “Hawker Dreams, a Vietnamese American in Singapore,” captures her recent experiences living as an expat in Singapore.

Oanh's writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, the New York Times and elsewhere. She has been featured in several podcasts including the Moth Mainstage, Voice of America and Bayoulands.

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Indie Authors - Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
Oanh Ngo Usadi
Of Monkey Bridges and Banh Mi Sandwiches. Oanh and her family fled Saigon in 1975 for rural Vietnam and ultimately arrived in America in 1984. She spent her teen years helping her brothers work paper routes and her father run a Banh Mi sandwich shop. A wonderful memoir of survival, culture, food, and family.

Nicole J. Smith, Booth #145 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction

Author: Oanh Ngo Usadi

Of Monkey Bridges and Banh Mi Sandwiches: From Saigon to Texas
from Sài Gòn to Texas
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Oanh & Only Press
April 2018
ISBN 9780999882825
221 pages

Hawker Dreams: A Vietnamese American in Singapore
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Oanh & Only Press
February 2024
ISBN 9780999882863