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The Gangster We Are All Looking For”: Connections & Resources

Films Relating to Vietnamese American experience

  • Oh Saigon by Doan Hoang
  • Journey from the Fall by Ham Tran
  • The Farmers and the Helicopters by Ding Q. Lê

Films that served as inspiration for the child’s point of view in Gangster (according to the author)

  • The 400 Blows by Francois Truffaut
  • The Spirit of the Bee Hive by Victor Erice


"The Things They Carried" by Tim O’Brien

A collection of related stories about an American platoon during the Vietnam War.


A delicious bowl of pork pho in a back street in Saigon.

Above: A delicious bowl of pork pho in a back street in Saigon.

Thúy said, “Food as a repository of memory is an important part of Gangster. Sharing food is sharing cultures.” Some local Vietnamese restaurants to try:

  • Pho Hoa Linda Vista, 6921 Linda Vista Road, (858) 492-9108
  • LV Sandwiches & Restaurant, 6925 Linda Vista Road
  • Pho Sao Bien, 1958 Garnet Avenue, (858) 272-9612
  • Thuan Phat Market, 6935 Linda Vista Road, (858) 505-0168

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