Oral Histories of Vietnamese Refugees,
This review is from: Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives (Paperback)
Fourteen different Vietnamese describe their lives and experiences in Vietnam and the United States. The narrators include soldiers, a Buddhist nun, a Catholic Priest, teachers, merchants, and a poet. They tell their stories in a 400 page book covering a period from 1906 to 1985. This is a virtual history of the tortured country and people of Vietnam.
Most of the oral histories describe experiences during the war with the Americans, life under the communists, escapes from the country, and resettlement in the United States. Interspaced among the oral histories are intelligent essays by the editor who labored long and hard to understand the experiences of his Vietnamese informants and to put them in a comprehensible academic framework. "Hearts of Sorrow" is an apt title for the tone of most of these accounts.
There are a number of books about Vietnamese refugees in the United States. This is one of the best.