March 16, 2023

Luncheon virtual talk with an author duo Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao

March 16, 2023, 11:30 – 13:00, Classroom 1, Floor 2, Fulbright University Vietnam

In the next episode of ‘Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book’, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to a luncheon virtual talk with mother-daughter writers – Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao about their recently published book, Family in Six Tones.

⏰Time: 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2023 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)

📌Location: Classroom 1, Floor 2, Fulbright University Vietnam

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🙌Lunch will be provided at the venue based on your registration

🌟 Zoom link will be sent via email on March 1, 2023 for those who can only join us online.

A dual first-person memoir by the acclaimed Vietnamese-American novelist and her thoroughly American teenage daughter–exploring their complicated relationship and touching on war and past tragedy, culture clash and bullying, and growing up both as individuals and as a family.

Family in Six Tones is at once special and universal, speaking to the unique struggles of refugees as well as the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters. The journey of a refugee–away from war and loss towards peace and a new life–and the journey of a mother raising a child–to be secure and happy–are both steep paths filled with detours and stumbling blocks. Through explosive fights and painful setbacks, mother and daughter search for a way to accept the past and face the future together.


Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization, to the importance of mental health in being a compassionate community member.

About the speaker:

Lan Cao was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the United States as a refugee in 1975. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Yale Law School. She clerked for the legendary Judge Constance Baker Motley (Southern District of New York), the first African American female federal judge in the United States. She has taught at Brooklyn Law School, Duke Law School, William & Mary Law School, Michigan Law School and is currently the Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, where she specializes in international business, corporate law, contracts, international law, international human rights, women’s rights, and rule of law development and its relationship to culture. Her academic monograph on the rule of law, democracy, and culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

She is also the author of the novels Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm, published by Viking Penguin in 1997 and 2015 respectively, and the co-author (with Harlan Margaret Van Cao) of Family in Six Tones, also published by Viking Penguin in 2020.

Harlan Margaret Van Cao was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and moved to Southern California when she was ten. She wrote Family in Six Tones when she was a sophomore in high school. She is currently a student at UCLA, majoring in psychology and entrepreneurship, and is also working on a novel and a film script. She is the executive assistant of Professor Maya Soetero of the Obama Foundation. She loves to spend time with her German Shepherd rescue dog and her rescue kitten. Read more about the authors here: