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The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation: Stories of War, Revolution, Flight and New Beginnings
     

The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation: Stories of War, Revolution, Flight and New Beginnings

by Sucheng Chan
 

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The conflict that Americans call the "Vietnam War" was only one of many incursions into Vietnam by foreign powers. However, it has had a profound effect on the Vietnamese people who left their homeland in the years following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Collected here are fifteen first-person narratives written by refugees who left Vietnam as children and later

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The conflict that Americans call the "Vietnam War" was only one of many incursions into Vietnam by foreign powers. However, it has had a profound effect on the Vietnamese people who left their homeland in the years following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Collected here are fifteen first-person narratives written by refugees who left Vietnam as children and later enrolled as students at the University of California, where they studied with the well-known scholar and teacher Sucheng Chan. She has provided a comprehensive introduction to their autobiographical accounts, which succinctly encompasses more than a thousand years of Vietnamese history. The volume concludes with a thorough bibliography and videography compiled by the editor.

While the volume is designed specifically for today's college students, its compelling stories and useful history will appeal to all readers who want to know more about Vietnam and especially about the fates of children who emigrated to the U.S.

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"[T]he autobiographical accounts reveal key themes in the Vietnamese American experience and address important historiographical topics...this book contributes to refugee history, an important if understudied aspect of the immigrant experience. Includes a useful bibliography and videography. Highly recommended."
—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592135028
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
06/12/2006
Series:
Asian American History & Cultu
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
459 KB

Meet the Author

Sucheng Chan is Professor Emerita of Asian American Studies and Global Studies at the University of California. She is the recipient of many prizes and author or editor of numerous books, including Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities During the Exclusion Era (Temple, co-edited with Scott Wong), which won the Outstanding Book Award in History and Social Sciences from the Association for Asian Studies.

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