T.C. Huo and Loung Ung win first-ever Asian Pacific American Award for Literature

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

February 2001

T.C. Huo and Loung Ung win first-ever Asian Pacific American Award for Literature

T.C. Huo, author of "Land of Smiles," and Loung Ung, author of "First They Killed My Father," were named winners of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature in Adult Fiction and Adult Non-Fiction, respectively. The winners were chosen by APALA's Planning Committee for National Conference on Asian Pacific American Librarians (NCAPAL).

"Land of Smiles," Huo's second novel, balances a moving account of loss and dislocation with gentle comedy. The novel is a refreshing and original perspective on stories of Asian American displacement, separation, cultural identity, alienation and adaptation.

In the compelling autobiography, "First They Killed My Father," Ung describes her childhood in Cambodia during the reign of terror under the Khmer Rouge regime. Sent to a forced-labor camp in the countryside where many in her family were killed, Ung documents her terrible losses, her escape from Cambodia and the new life she builds for herself as an Asian American.

The winners will be invited to speak at the national conference program. The awards, which include cash and a citation, will be presented at the Awards & Legacy gala on June 14, 2001.

For further information about the award, please contact the chair of NCAPAL Literary Awards Committee, Marian Chou, at "

Founded in 1980, APALA was incorporated to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities. APALA is an affiliate of the American Library Association.