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Vietnamese Americans Books

These reviews highlight books on the Vietnamese American experience and history..

Vietnamese in America
by Lori Coleman
"Isn't this a lovely cover? This hardcover resource book for older elementary and middle school age children gives a useful overview of Vietnamese immigration and assimilation in the United States. The main focus of the book is the three waves of Vietnamese immigration and settlement in various parts of the United States in 1970-1980. It also includes a short section on Operation Babylift. It is not positive about the Vietnam-American war and it has a few frightening images, however the tone is quite positive towards Vietnamese Americans. This book nicely addresses some of the difficulties Vietnamese Americans had in their move to the United States, which can help put things into context for readers. It provides a very brief look at Vientamese culture, but does have a good section on 'famous' Vietnamese Americans, complete with photographs. Another pleasant surprise was the discover of the citation for Mam Non in the reference section." (Allison Martin)
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Vietnamese Americans (One Nation Set 2)
by Nichol Bryan
Part of a series by this author on different countries, this book presents the history of Vietnam and the customs, language, religion, and experiences of Vietnamese Americans.
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Voices of Vietnamese Boat People: Nineteen Narratives of Escape and Survival
by Mary Terrell Cargill and Jade Ngoc Quang Huynh (Editors)
Narative stories of 19 people came to America from Vietnam as part of the hair raising Boat escape in the aftermath of the war. The people are now students, professors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and craftspeople.
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Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives
by James M. Freeman
"The author, through an interpreter, collected stories from many Vietnamese immigrants now living in the States. These contrast their former life in Viet Nam to their current one in America. Each chapter has a time frame that contains the narratives from a compliation of different individuals. The book offers an interesting perspective on life in Vietnam prior and after the war. Could be used for good history lessons." (Andria Galusha)
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Vietnamese Boat People, 1954 and 1975-1992
by Nghia M. Vo
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After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese
by Lady Borton
"American woman’s chronicles of Vietnamese life during and after the “American war”. Because she had learned Vietnamese firsthand, she was able to get very personal interviews with the local women and discover their unseen role during that time. It was a very surprising one and much more important than I have been aware of. As she tells their story, she writes with a interesting slant about the American role in Viet Nam." (Andria Galusha)
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Vietnamese Americans (We Are America)
by Margaret C. Hall
An overview of the history and daily lives of Vietnamese people who immigrated to the United States.
From the publisher: Discusses conditions in Vietnam, particularly after 1975, that led Vietnamese to leave the country, describes the difficulties these people faced, how they managed to immigrate to the United States and to keep their traditions alive in their new homeland. Beginning with life in the home country, the book details the experience of coming to the United States, beginning school and work, and settling down with family. Along the way are details about the culture, including traditional pastimes and celebrations. Each book ends with an American story as readers discover how the immigrant has flourished in a new country.
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Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom
by Anh Vu Sawyer and Pam Proctor
"True story of Vietnamese woman who, with her family, were one of the last ones to leave before Sai Gon fell in April, 1975. An interesting insight to what pitfalls and difficulties occurred to the new immigrants after they arrive in America. She continues her own story to share God’s faithfulness in spite of what seemed insurmountable difficulties –no money, no job, no home, culture and language barriers." (Andria Galusha)
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Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family
By Nguyen Qui Duc
"Provides American readers with a rare point of view that is long overdue. We have largely dismissed the Vietnam War, which the Vietnamese call The American War, but refugees are still struggling with events that turned their homeland upside down and forced them to flee." (Elisabeth Sherwin)
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Vietnamese Americans (Our Cultural Heritage)
by C. Ann Fitterer
This book for elementary school age children presents the immigration of Vietnamese people to the United States following the 1970's. While it does not heistate to describe some of the difficulties Vietnamese Americans have faced, overall it is a positive look at their contributions in the United States. It includes a number of images of Vietnamese and Vietnamese businesses in the US (athough one inexplicably is in French!). For those interested in education, it contains highlighted vocabulary words, a timeline and short description of culture.
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The Journey from Vietnam to America
by Nhon Trang
The change of a Vietnamese's life from the time he was born in a small town in Vietnam until he resettled in the United States of America.
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Strangers from a Different Shore : A History of Asian Americans
by Ronald Takaki

Overview of discrimination faced by Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and Indian immigrants throughout American history.
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Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
by Frank H. Wu
From the publisher: A leading voice in America's Asian community tackles what it means to be Asian American in contemporary America. Wu examines affirmative action, globalization, immigration, and other controversial contemporary issues through the lens of the Asian-American experience. Mixing personal anecdotes, legal cases, and journalistic reporting, Wu confronts damaging Asian-American stereotypes such as "the model minority" and "the perpetual foreigner." By offering new ways of thinking about race in American society, Wu's work dares us to make good on our great democratic experiment. Wu is the first Asian American to serve as a law professor at Howard University Law School.
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Asian American Dreams : The Emergence of an American People
by Helen Zia
"This comprehensive introduction to Asian American history will fascinate anyone interested in an historical and sociological survey of events in the United States foreshadowing the present day participation of Asian American people." (Allison Martin)
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