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    Crickets and Letters From my Father by Robert Olen Butler Impressive tales Crickets In this narrative we have a family of Vietnamese people living in America. Well, the parents are still speaking the language and have kept their roots and tradition. The son is American. Maybe not 100%, but close to that figure. He speaks no Vietnamese and his English is the one specific to the South, where he lives: - See y'all During a period when the son is bored, the father offers the alternative of playing a game fr Crickets and Letters From my Father by Robert Olen Butler Impressive tales Crickets In this narrative we have a family of Vietnamese people living in America. Well, the parents are still speaking the language and have kept their roots and tradition. The son is American. Maybe not 100%, but close to that figure. He speaks no Vietnamese and his English is the one specific to the South, where he lives: - See y'all During a period when the son is bored, the father offers the alternative of playing a game from his childhood. We collected crickets and had them fight with each other. There are two kinds, one is large and strong and the other, despite being smaller is an excellent fighter. The latter is called the fire cricket and we all rooted for them, even when we had the other type in the fight. And they fight to the death. They look around and they find about four that are all of the bigger variety. The son loses interest rather quickly, but father keeps looking for his favorite sort of cricket. Letters From My Father This is a very touching tale. It is told by a girl who has a Vietnamese mother and an American father. Many, if not most of the letters from the title contain the frustration of a parent that tries for many years to reunite with his wife and daughter. He says in one - If there was a Russian ballerina, a white person, you would get them over here in 24 hours. The girl is one of the "dust children" as they call those who have a different appearance, in Saigon, called later Ho Shi Min. She spends time in the French cemetery and has a friend who corresponds with a Russian. I thought this part funny: The Russian suggests that they send photos. The Vietnamese puts on a nice dress, gets ready and takes the picture in front of an outstanding tree, in the center of Saigon. The Russian sends a photo of a fat girl, with hair uncombed and standing near a cow... The other story within the story is sad. A woman has a daughter and the husband is gone to fight. When the girl keeps asking about her father, the mother lights a candle, shows the shadow on the wall and says - Look, your father is watching over you. Almost every night, the girl is bowing to her shadowy father. The real one arrivesand his happy spouse is off to buy something special. In her absence, the father asks - Did you miss me, I am your father? - No way! My father says good night to me every evening. Appalled, the father goes away. The mother cannot stand it and throws herself into the river Saigon and dies. The man returns and wants to take care of the daughter. One evening, as he lights a candle, the shadow appears on the wall... - Look, there's my father! And the parent takes the child to his mother and then throws himself into the same river, to join his wife in death

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