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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592135005

ISBN-13: 9781592135004

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: Temple University Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592135004
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Asian American History and Cultu Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IHistorical overview
Ch. 1Vietnam before the mid-nineteenth century3
Ch. 2French colonial rule and Vietnamese resistance12
Ch. 3Communism and nationalism20
Ch. 4The 1945 August revolution28
Ch. 5The first Indochina war35
Ch. 6The American involvement in Vietnam44
Ch. 7The fall of Saigon and its aftermath57
Ch. 8The plight of the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam71
Ch. 9An international refugee crisis78
Ch. 10Ending the Indochinese refugee exodus86
Pt. IIStories of war, revolution, flight, and new beginnings
Ch. 11A tragedy : from Vietnam to America99
Ch. 12A journey called freedom116
Ch. 13My autobiography127
Ch. 14How it feels to be an Asian American136
Ch. 15Integrity through change143
Ch. 16A place to call home152
Ch. 17The coming of age of a Chinese-Vietnamese American158
Ch. 18My father and I171
Ch. 19The pain in my heart181
Ch. 20The never-ending struggle190
Ch. 21An unfinished journey198
Ch. 22From Vietnam to Germany to the United States207
Ch. 23Vietnam memories in America219
Ch. 24My transition to being an Asian American228
Ch. 25At that time in my life241

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