You’re Khmer, right?” Tevy, one of So’s characters from “Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts,” asks a customer (So, 2021, p. 21). Khmer is commonly seen as an ethnic identity and distinct from the broader national identity of Cambodian. Therefore, what does it mean to be Khmer, or generally as I will write in this review, Cambodian American? In his short story collection Afterparties (2021), Anthony Veasna So explores this question in Afterparties (2021) through a rich collage of stories featuring sisters in a donut shop, a cynical high school literature teacher, a reluctant son at the temple to tver bon, and a mother writing to her son. These characters express constructs of Cambodian American experiences, from living with traumatized family members to working in the family business.
"Review of Afterparties Stories by Anthony Veasna So,"
Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement: Vol. 18
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jsaaea/vol18/iss1/2