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Mother Summary & Analysis
by Vuong Pham

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"Mother" is a poem by the Vietnamese-Australian poet and educator Vuong Pham, published as part of his 2013 micro-collection Refugee Prayer. It examines the relationship between the speaker and his mother, who emigrated from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and gave up her own dreams of becoming a teacher in order to care for her child. The poem deals with the unique sacrifices of immigrant parents and illuminates the particular bond between this mother and her child, who feels a responsibility to live up to "the teaching legacy" that they share.

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