Voices of Vietnamese Boat People : Nineteen Narratives of Escape and Survival / Edition 1

Voices of Vietnamese Boat People : Nineteen Narratives of Escape and Survival / Edition 1

by Mary Terrell Cargill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786407859

ISBN-13: 9780786407859

Pub. Date: 03/01/2000

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

On April 30, 1975, the Hanoi government of North Vietnam took control over the South. South Vietnamese, particularly "intellectuals" and those thought to have been associated with the previous regime, underwent terrible punishment, persecution and "re-education." Seeking their freedom, thousands of South Vietnamese took to the sea in rickety boats, often with few

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On April 30, 1975, the Hanoi government of North Vietnam took control over the South. South Vietnamese, particularly "intellectuals" and those thought to have been associated with the previous regime, underwent terrible punishment, persecution and "re-education." Seeking their freedom, thousands of South Vietnamese took to the sea in rickety boats, often with few supplies, and faced the dangers of nature, pirates, and starvation. While the sea and its danger claimed many lives, those who made it to the refugee camps still faced struggle and hardships in their quest for freedom.

Here are collected the narratives of nineteen men and women who survived the ordeal of escape by sea. Today, they live in the United States as students, professors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and craftspeople who have chosen to tell the stories of their struggles and their triumph. Each narrative is accompanied by biographical information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786407859
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface1
Introduction3
1Simple Map, Small Compass, Three Flashlights7
2The Miracle of the Whirlpool22
3Stranger in the Rice Field, Whale in the Sea28
4Gold Rings and Jeans35
5If I Die, Will Anybody Know?47
6Our Lady of the Boat54
7The Norwegian Protector63
8Drowning the Boat66
9Out of San Diego and into Saigon86
10Vung Tau, Pulau Bidong, and Bataan91
11Hainan, Hong Kong, and Tuen Mun Camp99
12Flight from Classification 13107
13I'd Rather Die in the Sea113
14Coffee Shop from Two Spoons118
15Coolie in America132
16To the Land of Snow151
17My Name Is William, but Call Me Bill158
18Live Free or Die164
19Return to Leam Sing Camp171
AppUNHCR Statistics Concerning Indo-Chinese Refugees in East and Southeast Asia181
Index189

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