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

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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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Table of Contents

Pt. I Historical overview
Ch. 1 Vietnam before the mid-nineteenth century 3
Ch. 2 French colonial rule and Vietnamese resistance 12
Ch. 3 Communism and nationalism 20
Ch. 4 The 1945 August revolution 28
Ch. 5 The first Indochina war 35
Ch. 6 The American involvement in Vietnam 44
Ch. 7 The fall of Saigon and its aftermath 57
Ch. 8 The plight of the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam 71
Ch. 9 An international refugee crisis 78
Ch. 10 Ending the Indochinese refugee exodus 86
Pt. II Stories of war, revolution, flight, and new beginnings
Ch. 11 A tragedy : from Vietnam to America 99
Ch. 12 A journey called freedom 116
Ch. 13 My autobiography 127
Ch. 14 How it feels to be an Asian American 136
Ch. 15 Integrity through change 143
Ch. 16 A place to call home 152
Ch. 17 The coming of age of a Chinese-Vietnamese American 158
Ch. 18 My father and I 171
Ch. 19 The pain in my heart 181
Ch. 20 The never-ending struggle 190
Ch. 21 An unfinished journey 198
Ch. 22 From Vietnam to Germany to the United States 207
Ch. 23 Vietnam memories in America 219
Ch. 24 My transition to being an Asian American 228
Ch. 25 At that time in my life 241
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