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Surviving Twice: Amerasian Children of the Vietnam War Paperback – September 1, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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I was born In 1968, you would think I would know something about the Vietnam war... But really I didn't. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Darren Cummins
This is a heartrending tale about innocent and unsung victims of war. All decent Americans should view them with the sympathy they deserve and help where possible.Published on November 14, 2007 by Kurt J. Acker