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Monique Brinson Demery: Finding the Dragon Lady

ASNC and Mechanics’ Institute are pleased to host Monique Brinson Demery who will discuss her latest work, Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Madame Nhu. The book explores Demery’s long journey to track down Madame Nhu, the First Lady of the republic of South Vietnam, who played a pivotal role in one of darkest events of American history: the U.S. government’s fateful decision to support the 1963 military coup that toppled South Vietnam’s ruling government earning her a lifetime of exile and infamy known as the “Dragon Lady.” Demery will be in conversation with author Andrew Lam, winner of the 2006 PEN Open Book Award for Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.

Monique Brinson Demery took her first trip to Vietnam in 1997 as part of a study abroad program with Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She was the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education grant to attend the Vietnamese Advanced Summer Institute in Hanoi, and in 2003, she received a Master’s degree in East Asia Regional Studies from Harvard University.

Co Sponsored by: Mechanics' Institute 

Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Madame Nhu will be available for purchase and signing. 

Program Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Discussion/Audience Q&A
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Book Signing 

Join ASNC for other Meet the Author events:

Amit Chaudhuri, Calcutta: Two Years in the City, October 1, 2013 

Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost, October 16, 2013

Jung Chang, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, November 18, 2013


Event Details

Thu 24 Oct 2013
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco

FREE for Asia Society/Mechanics’ Institute members; $15 Non-members