A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Discussion Questions

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Read The Deuce, Butler's novel about a half- Asian, half-American boy living in the United States. How does Thanh-Tony's experiences compare with Dao's? How are their perceptions of Vietnam and America alike and different?

Dao's son-in-law and grandson hold very different points of view than Dao, both toward their native land and toward Americanization. Imagine that you are telling the story of the newsman's murder from the point of view of either of these other characters. What would you include in the story? What would this character feel about his actions?

Conduct research to find out more about the Vietnamese immigrant experience in the United States. Investigate how they came here, where they live, what types of communities they form, and how they have adjusted to life here.

Find out more about Ho Chi Minh. What role did he play in his country's history? How do...

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