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

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Sucheng Chan
Temple University Press, 2006 - History - 343 pages
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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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Contents

Vietnam before the Midnineteenth Century
3
French Colonial Rule and Vietnamese Resistance
12
Communism and Nationalism
20
The 1945 August Revolution
28
The First Indochina War
35
The American Involvement in Vietnam
44
The Fall of Saigon and Its Aftermath
57
The Plight of the Ethnic Chinese in Vietnam
71
A Place to Call Home
152
The Coming of Age of a ChineseVietnamese American
158
My Father and I
171
The Pain in My Heart
181
The NeverEnding Struggle
190
An Unfinished Journey
198
From Vietnam to Germany to the United States
207
Vietnam Memories in America
219

An International Refugee Crisis
78
Ending the Indochinese Refugee Exodus
86
Stories of War Revolution Flight and New Beginnings
97
A Tragedy From Vietnam to America
99
A Journey Called Freedom
116
My Autobiography
127
How It Feels to Be an Asian American
136
Integrity through Change
143
My Transition to Being an Asian American
228
At That Time in My Life
241
Epilogue
251
Notes
255
Selected Bibliography
274
Selected Videography
305
Index
308
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Sucheng Chan is Professor Emerita of Asian American Studies and Global Studies at the University of California. She is the recipient of many prizes and author or editor of numerous books, including Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities During the Exclusion Era (Temple, co-edited with Scott Wong), which won the Outstanding Book Award in History and Social Sciences from the Association for Asian Studies.