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The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation
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The conflict that Americans call the "Vietnam War" was only one of many incursions into Vietnam by foreign powers. However, it has had a profound effect on the Vietnamese people who left their homeland in the years following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Collected here are fifteen first-person narratives written by refugees who left Vietnam as children and later enrolled as students at the University of California, where they studied with the well-known scholar and teacher Sucheng Chan. She has provided a comprehensive introduction to their autobiographical accounts, which succinctly encompasses more than a thousand years of Vietnamese history. The volume concludes with a thorough bibliography and videography compiled by the editor.While the volume is designed specifically for today's college students, its compelling stories and useful history will appeal to all readers who want to know more about Vietnam and especially about the fates of children who emigrated to the U.S.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xvii
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  1. Vietnamese Names
  2. pp. xviii-xviii
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  1. Part I: Historical Overview
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. Vietnam before the Mid-nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. Chapter 2. French Colonial Rule and Vietnamese Resistance
  2. pp. 12-19
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  1. Chapter 3. Communism and Nationalism
  2. pp. 20-27
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  1. Chapter 4. The 1945 August Revolution
  2. pp. 28-34
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  1. Chapter 5. The First Indochina War
  2. pp. 35-43
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  1. Chapter 6. The American Involvement in Vietnam
  2. pp. 44-56
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  1. Chapter 7. The Fall of Saigon and Its Aftermath
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. Chapter 8. The Plight of the Ethnic Chinese in Vietnam
  2. pp. 71-77
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  1. Chapter 9. An International Refugee Crisis
  2. pp. 78-85
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  1. Chapter 10. Ending the Indochinese Refugee Exodus
  2. pp. 86-96
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  1. Part II: Stories of War, Revolution, Flight, and New Beginnings
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. Chapter 11. A Tragedy: From Vietnam to America
  2. pp. 99-115
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  1. Chapter 12. A Journey Called Freedom
  2. pp. 116-126
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  1. Chapter 13. My Autobiography
  2. pp. 127-135
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  1. Chapter 14. How It Feels to Be an Asian American
  2. pp. 136-142
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  1. Chapter 15. Integrity through Change
  2. pp. 143-151
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  1. Chapter 16. A Place to Call Home
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. Chapter 17. The Coming of Age of a Chinese-Vietnamese American
  2. pp. 158-170
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  1. Chapter 18. My Father and I
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. Chapter 19. The Pain in My Heart
  2. pp. 181-189
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  1. Chapter 20. The Never-Ending Struggle
  2. pp. 190-197
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  1. Chapter 21. An Unfinished Journey
  2. pp. 198-206
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  1. Chapter 22. From Vietnam to Germany to the United States
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. Chapter 23. Vietnam Memories in America
  2. pp. 219-227
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  1. Chapter 24. My Transition to Being an Asian American
  2. pp. 228-240
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  1. Chapter 25. At That Time in My Life
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-273
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 274-304
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  1. Selected Videography
  2. pp. 305-307
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  1. Index, About The Author
  2. pp. 308-325
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