Aired: December 13, 2008

Trickster Heroines

During the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese women moved from country villages to bigger cities to become bargirls.  Some later came to the United States as refugees.  Mai Lan Gustafsson (Christopher Newport University) has been talking to these women for over ten years.  They proudly consider themselves to be “tricksters”: smart and cynical manipulators who control their own destiny.

Also: David Coogan (Virginia Commonwealth University) stepped outside the lecture hall to teach creative writing to inmates of the Richmond City Jail. Writing their own stories forced his students to take a hard look at their past actions and gain new perspective about life after prison.

And: Producer Nancy King visits with Evans Hopkins, a man who spent time behind bars and found his redemption through the written word.


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