Catfish and Mandala: A Two-wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Short Essay - Answer Key

Andrew X. Pham
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1. What message did the Vietnamese Buddah give to Chi and Andrew about their futures?

A Vietnamese Buddhist monk had foretold that Andrew's sister, Chi, would commit suicide at age 32, which came true. When Andrew's Grandmother asked if he would like to read his fortune, written 27 years earlier by the same monk, he declined, quit his job and rode his bicycle into Mexico.

2. What was the first conversation Andrew had with Tyle?

Tyle, described as "a huge white man," approached Andrew during his bicycle ride through Mexico and asked where he was from. Andrew said California, but Tyle wanted to know his original country, and Andrew said Vietnam. This admission clearly had a deep impact on Tyle, and he proceeded to follow Andrew through Mexico.

3. What happened when Tyle joined Andrew at his nighttime campfire in Mexico?

Tyle showed up later that night at Andrew's campfire, and they drank tequila. Tyle said he had been in Mexico, away from his wife and two boys, for nine years. Confessing that he was a soldier in Vietnam, he apologized to Andrew, and began to cry. He asked forgiveness, and Andrew gave him the Vietnamese's most honored gift, which was his silence.

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