The Viet Kieu in America: Personal Accounts of Postwar Immigrants from Vietnam

Overview

Vietnamese make up one of the largest refugee populations in the United States, some arriving by boat in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and others coming in the 1990s. This collection of 22 essays by 14 authors illuminates Vietnamese-American culture, views of freedom and oppression, and the issues of relocation, assimilation and transition for two million people. It contains personal experiences of the Vietnam War, life under Communist rule, and escape to America.

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Overview

Vietnamese make up one of the largest refugee populations in the United States, some arriving by boat in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and others coming in the 1990s. This collection of 22 essays by 14 authors illuminates Vietnamese-American culture, views of freedom and oppression, and the issues of relocation, assimilation and transition for two million people. It contains personal experiences of the Vietnam War, life under Communist rule, and escape to America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786444700
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2009
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nghia M. Vo, a Vietnamese-American, helped found the nonprofit Saigon Arts, Culture & Education Institute, and has written multiple books on Vietnamese culture. He lives in Virginia. He strives to document Vietnamese-American culture through conferences, publications and a website www.sacei07.org .

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Table of Contents

I Peace and War

1 The Lotus Pond Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

2 Remembering Saigon Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

3 The Vietnam War: Snapshots Chat V. Dang Dang, Chat V.

4 A Pilgrim Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

II Oppression and Escape

5 My Life as a Zombie Thien M. Ngo Ngo, Thien M.

6 Anatomy of an Escape Theresa C. Trask Trask, Theresa C.

7 The Guava Tree Anh Hai Hai, Anh

8 The So-Called Reeducation Camp Trong T. Ngo Ngo, Trong T.

9 The Lady in Black Dieu Hien Hien, Dieu

10 A Second Chance Chau Dinh An An, Chau Dinh

11 The Wish Thanh Cuc Cuc, Thanh

12 My April Thach N. Truong Truong, Thach N.

III Struggle, Healing and Remembrance

13 Shadow of the Past Mai Lien Mai, Lien

14 A Refugee's Life Hien V. Ho Ho, Hien V.

15 Guam, the Transit Island Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

16 I Left My Heart in ... Saigon Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

17 April 30th Thach N. Truong Truong, Thach N.

IV The Present

18 A Love Affair Christina Vo Vo, Christina

19 Little Saigon, Westminster, California Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

20 The Journey Home Hieu V. Ho Ho, Hieu V.

21 On Searching Christina Vo Vo, Christina

22 On Being a Viet Kieu Nghia M. Vo Vo, Nghia M.

Chapter Notes

Suggested Reading

Index

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