Summer 2024 /Global Pomona/

Orientation Book

If you’d like to read along with the Class of 2028 and other Sagehens arriving on campus this fall, join them in checking out this year’s Orientation Book, Afterparties, a collection of short stories by young Cambodian American writer Anthony Veasna So that was published posthumously in 2021.

Diane Nguyen ’27, the first-year class president, helped make the selection, writing in a letter to incoming Sagehens, “I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, even though I admittedly squeezed it in during finals week!”

The stories “adeptly mix lighthearted moments with significant reflections on themes such as race, sexuality, friendship and family—each narrative underlined by the historical echoes of the Khmer Rouge past,” she wrote to future students.

The book was selected by a committee led by Colleen Rosenfeld, associate professor of English, that included professors, Associate Dean of Students Josh Eisenberg and Nguyen.