DAUGHTER OF THE SEA: My Voyage to Freedom and Womanhood

DAUGHTER OF THE SEA: My Voyage to Freedom and Womanhood

by Heip Thi Le


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An unforgettable voyage...

Memoir of an 8-year old "boat person" who flees post-war communist Vietnam in search of a father and brother rumored to have escaped to the West. Braving sea storms and pirates in a overloaded fishing boat, Hiep and her younger sister are rescued by British sailors and interned in a series of horrific Hong Kong refugee camps. Surviving by their wits, these displaced children of the sea create their own primitive society amid the dispirited and desperate adults awaiting sponsors in the U.S.

Finally settling in California, Hiep's family is reunited only to confront the promise and perils of modern America. Especially meaningful to young readers struggling to find their own identities, Daughter of the Sea depicts an epic, extraordinary journey from East to West, from childhood lost to premature adulthood and the rebirth of a most remarkable young woman. Young Adult Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645500704
Publisher: Matchstick Literary
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

"At the age of eight in 1979, the Vietnam-born actress and her seven-years-old sister were separated from their parents and left their village in central Vietnam as boat people. Their father and older brother stayed behind with her other children. The sisters lived in refugee camps in Hong Kong for three months, where they were reunited with their father. They then immigrated to California before reuniting with their five other siblings. Her mother finally reunited with the family four years later.

Hiep was a premed student at UC-Davis, majoring in physiology, when she came to the open casting call with one of her sisters for the Oliver Stone film Heaven & Earth (1993) that was being held at San Jose State University because several of her friends were doing it for fun. She was one of the sixteen thousand Vietnamese Americans seen by casting scouts for the film and was the one, out of the thousands, who got the starring role of Le Ly Hayslip. Despite having no acting experience, she had half-dozen callbacks before she was finally chosen to play the role of Le Ly Hayslip between the ages of thirteen to thirty-eight.
Since that time, She acted in several films and television shows. She has graduated from college. She was the owner and operator of the China Beach Vietnamese Bistro in Venice, California. She is now owner and Chef of Le Cellier Restaurant Wine Bar in Marina Del Rey, California. complications from stomach cancer on Dec. 19, 2017 in Los Angeles Hiep passed away. She was 46.

She is foremost a mother of two.
Above all, Hiep is the proud mother of two.

Jill Powell co-founder, Book Investor Ink Incorporated"

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