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Voices of Vietnamese boat people : nineteen narratives of escape and survival
Cargill, Mary Terrell, 1945-
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Simple map, small compass, three flashlights / Ai-Van Do -- The miracle of the whirlpool / Hung Lang -- Stranger in the rice field, whale in the sea / Minh Nguyen -- Gold rings and jeans / Lan Nguyen -- If I die, will anybody know? / Duyen Nguyen -- Our Lady of the Boat / Ha Nguyen -- The Norwegian protector / Suzanne Tran Cheang -- Drowning the boat / Hung Truong -- Out of San Diego and into Saigon / Be Van Vo -- Vung Tau, Pulau Bidong, and Bataan / Binh Le -- Hainan, Hong Kong, and Tuen Mun Camp / Chau Nguyen -- Flight from Classification 13 / Phung Le -- I'd rather die in the sea / Anton Vo -- Coffee shop from two spoons / Hung Nguyen -- Coolie in America / Nhan T. Le -- To the land of snow / Hien Trong Nguyen -- My name is William, but call me Bill / Nhut W. Huynh -- Live free or die / Khon Luu -- Return to Leam Sing Camp / Jade Quang Huynh.
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E184.V53 V63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here .

Author Notes

Mary Terrell Cargill is an associate professor of English at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jade Quang Huynh, a native of Vietnam, is an author and assistant professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Ai-Van DoHung LangMinh NguyenLan NguyenDuyen NguyenHa NguyenSuzanne Tran CheangHung TruongBe Van VoBinh LeChau NguyenPhung LeAnton VoHung NguyenNhan T. LeHien Trong NguyenNhut Q. HuynhKhon LuuJade Quang Huynh
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
1 Simple Map, Small Compass, Three Flashlightsp. 7
2 The Miracle of the Whirlpoolp. 22
3 Stranger in the Rice Field, Whale in the Seap. 28
4 Gold Rings and Jeansp. 35
5 If I Die, Will Anybody Know?p. 47
6 Our Lady of the Boatp. 54
7 The Norwegian Protectorp. 63
8 Drowning the Boatp. 66
9 Our of San Diego and into Saigonp. 86
10 Vung Tau, Pulau Bidong, and Bataanp. 91
11 Hainan, Hong Kong, and Tuen Mun Campp. 99
12 Flight from Classification 13p. 107
13 I'd Rather Die in the Seap. 113
14 Coffee Shop from Two Spoonsp. 118
15 Coolie in Americap. 132
16 To the Land of Snowp. 151
17 My Name Is William, but Call Me Billp. 158
18 Live Free or Diep. 164
19 Return to Leam Sing Campp. 171
Appendix UNHCR Statistics Concerning Indo-Chinese Refugees in East and Southeast Asiap. 181
Indexp. 189