Red Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam

Red Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam

by Linda L.T. Baer

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Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees.

In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman.Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971.

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes.

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BN ID: 2940151534727
Publisher: River Grove Books
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman.

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Red Blood, Yellow Skin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KinhX More than 1 year ago
Red Blood, Yellow skin is a compelling true story of the tragic Vietnamese wars, as seen through the eyes of a child, as she and her family seek to escape the turmoil, only to be faced with more seemingly insurmountable challenges. The book is frightening, yet tender, as it describes the culture and traditions of this ancient land. The humor and romance also find their way into the courageous life of this young girl, as she matures into a beautiful young lady. This book is a “Must Read.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of us who grew up watching the war in Vietnam on TV in America, at that time wondering if we would grow up and be drafted and killed before we grew hair on our balls or before we got laid for the first might be sent to and killed in Vietnam, or come home disabled, this is that story we hoped lived and survived that atrocity of the Vietnam conflict.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite I love memoirs, and when I find one that is focused, with a distinctive and compelling voice like Red Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam by Linda L.T. Baer, I can’t put it down. The author was born in Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, North Vietnam in 1947, and she experiences the trauma of war at a very early age. She is just four when her father is killed during a Viet Minh raid on the village. Linda is left alone with her mother and they soon know hardships and difficulties. To escape poverty, her mother marries a heartless, domineering and controlling freak of a rich man who makes life difficult for his stepdaughter. At thirteen, after relocating to South Vietnam, Linda runs off to Saigon to start fending for herself, fleeing from the cruelty of her stepfather. Follow her as she grows up, gets introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. Learn about her heartaches and betrayals and how she finally finds true love with a US Air Force Officer and her journey towards redemption, healing, and life in the US. Now she is a successful businesswoman, but how did she get there? There is a lot to enjoy in this story and a lot to learn from Linda L.T. Baer’s life. The author offers a compelling personal and intimate account of what it felt like to grow up in a war-torn country, with powerful images of what war can do to a country. The memoir explores captivating and relevant themes, including war, romance, hardship, family, culture, and a lot more. It is impossible not to feel drawn to the memoirist as she struggles to find her path in a merciless world. Wonderfully written, Linda L.T. Baer’s Red Blood, Yellow Skin will unveil a Vietnam that readers hardly know, with powerful and compelling characters, great conflict, and arresting images.