Tam Hoang

Articles by Tam Hoang

They said no to box checking

High school students who question success

The month of May for high school seniors can be a disorienting time. They are feted through Senior Breakfasts, Grad Nights, Senior Nights, sporting events. They begin to wear the colors of their universities-to-be: the ...

San Diego Reader writers dig deep into Christmases past

The great Santa swindle came crashing down

Every Power Rangers toy known to man The exact moment the sleigh bells stopped jingling — by Chad Deal Sister Santa’s once-a-year smile I adored American Christmas — by Tam Hoang We were ruthless Christmas-letter ...

Sister Santa’s once-a-year smile

I adored American Christmas

I fell in love with America for the first time on a sweaty night in a Bangkok refugee center in March 1991. “In America people have meat with every meal,” my dad told me as ...

UCSD literature majors — why they exist

I read. And I know things.

As a sophomore at UC San Diego, I went home for the summer to get a cavity filled in at the dentist’s. I lay there, saliva ejector hanging out the side of my mouth like ...

Linda Vista in conflict with itself

“Absolute truths make people uncomfortable”

Comedian George Lopez jokes that every Mexican family has a haunted room somewhere on the premises — “the cucuy room.” It’s the one you sprint past on your way to the commode in the middle ...

Tam Hoang, Coronado teacher, recounts his voyage to English

That feeling of being the servile colonial subject eager to impress

Good-bellied people with novel-like life stories.

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