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

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Overview

In the years that followed the fall of Saigon in April 1975, thousands of South Vietnamese fled their homes to escape the brutal Communist regime. Many set sail in rickety boats for the South China Sea, where they faced constant, unimaginable peril. Many died and those who survived often found new horrors awaiting in refugee camps. Finally, they struggled against daunting barriers of culture and language as they settled into new countries, far from their native land." "In this book are the personal stories of nineteen who survived. Their stark and moving narratives constitute an unforgettable chapter of human history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786407859
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Terrell Cargill is an associate professor of English at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Jade Quang Huynh, a native of Vietnam, is currently in Hutto, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1 Simple Map, Small Compass, Three Flashlights 7
2 The Miracle of the Whirlpool 22
3 Stranger in the Rice Field, Whale in the Sea 28
4 Gold Rings and Jeans 35
5 If I Die, Will Anybody Know? 47
6 Our Lady of the Boat 54
7 The Norwegian Protector 63
8 Drowning the Boat 66
9 Out of San Diego and into Saigon 86
10 Vung Tau, Pulau Bidong, and Bataan 91
11 Hainan, Hong Kong, and Tuen Mun Camp 99
12 Flight from Classification 13 107
13 I'd Rather Die in the Sea 113
14 Coffee Shop from Two Spoons 118
15 Coolie in America 132
16 To the Land of Snow 151
17 My Name Is William, but Call Me Bill 158
18 Live Free or Die 164
19 Return to Leam Sing Camp 171
App UNHCR Statistics Concerning Indo-Chinese Refugees in East and Southeast Asia 181
Index 189
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