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"Trin Yarborough’s intriguing and compelling account of the survival struggles of five Amerasians born during the Vietnam War, and of their painful search for their American fathers, will tug at your heart. It will also arouse disgust for the Vietnamese and American governments that turned their backs on them and the 100,000 others like them."—Gil Dorland, author of Legacy of Discord: Voices of the Vietnam War Era
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"A riveting work of contemporary history on the aftermath of modern war. Not only a major contribution to Vietnam studies, it makes us realize that the pain and damage from armed conflict go on virtually forever. Like the Amerasian children conceived by warriors and victims in Vietnam, we all carry the burden of past hate and violence in our very bones--and through the people Yarborough brings to life in her book, we are able to realize what a price we all pay for continuing to wage war."—Gerald Nicosia, author of Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement
(Gerald Nicosia)

"No other book gives us so many important insights and information, and such a deep understanding, of the almost unknown story of the Vietnamese Amerasian children born of the Vietnam War and what they suffered to survive both in Vietnam and later in America. Trin Yarborough’s brave account of their moving, fascinating stories also offers unique glimpses into seldom-recorded aspects of Vietnamese culture. . . . This is a wonderful book."—Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places</i> and <i>Child of War, Woman of Peace
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"Trin Yarborough’s remarkable book reminds us that no matter how great our effort, we Americans cannot simply put Vietnam behind us. Of all the victims of that misbegotten war, the Vietamese Amerasians may be the most deserving of our attention. I’d ask that as you read their fascinating stories, you remember national debts that remain unpaid."—A. J. Langguth, author of Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975
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About the Author

Trin Yarborough has been communications director and editor for the Institute for Policy Studies and communications director for Oxfam America, and most recently worked on the news desk of The Daily Journal, which serves the California legal community. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157488865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574888652
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kev Minh Allen on February 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
When you think of the acronym POW, do you immediately think of those iconic thin figures who crouch inside a bamboo tiger cage, hoping against all ods for his release back into freedom? A metaphorical equivalent to the POW is the Vietnamese Amerasian because many were born imprisoned in their own skin and have been trying to escape their identity as the enemy, the Other, all their lives.

Trin Yarborough has written a deeply engaging book that mixes anecdotal evidence, historical fact and oral histories to impart to the reader the overwhelming injustice experienced by these individuals born to Vietnamese mothers and American service personnel.

The reader gets to know Amerasians Alan "Tiger" Hoa, Sara Phuong, Son Chau, Louis Nguyen and Nan Bui, who all have experienced enormous loss and various amounts of success in the U.S.

The book includes some information that alludes to the systemization of prostitution in South Vietnam for the enjoyment of American military and, especially, civilian personnel, thus possibly leading to a bulk of the births between Vietnamese women and their American partners. The caveat is, however, always put forward that marriages and quite intimate relationships developed between these two groups.

Growing up in a deprived and desperate environment, and experiencing very little love or affection from immediate family members, these Amerasians understandably were led by fantasies they created of someday reuniting with their fathers in the U.S. who, in the very Vietnamese mindset, would have no choice but to embrace them and provide for their welfare. They had dreams of arriving in a country full of riches and that would welcome them back with open arms because of the American half of their heritage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margie Bernard on July 19, 2005
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Ms. Yarborough has written about one of the most tragic and overlooked aftermaths of any war, the plight of the offspring of native women and occupying troops, in this case Vietnam. This erudite and seminal book provides firsthand personal accounts of the hardships and discrimination faced by Amerasians first in their own country and later in their adopted land. A must read for those of us who opposed, as well as those who supported, this war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on June 21, 2011
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This book describes the lives of several of the Amerasian children who were a product of the Vietnamese War. It discusses the racism that these children, especially the children of African American descent suffered in Vietnam. It also describes the Amerasian Homecoming Act which allowed these children to immigrate to the United States. This was an interesting book and it opens your eyes up to how both the American and Vietnamese governments failed to help their Amerasian children.
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