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Twentieth-century America reduced Vietnam to “’Nam”: the surreal site of a military nightmare. The early twenty-first century has seen the revision of this image to recognize the people and culture of Vietnam itself. Vietnamese Americans, both immigrants and the American children of immigrants, have participated in changing this perception, consistently presenting their side of the story in memoirs published since the 1960s. My Viet is the first anthology to provide a comprehensive overview of these memoirs and the historical picture they offer and to include Vietnamese writing that goes beyond memoir, revealing a new generation of Vietnamese American poetry, fiction, and drama.

The narratives in Part 1, Tales of Witness, treat the major events of the Vietnamese diasapora: Vietnam’s resistance to French colonization, the “Vietnam War,” post-war Vietnamese life, immigration to and life in America, and reconnections with contemporary Vietnam. Part 2, Tales of Imagination, moves beyond the master narratives of war and immigration to survey exciting innovations in the work of Vietnamese American writers. The texts demonstrate the full flowering of Vietnamese American literature in English and are among the best contemporary writings of any category.

My Viet presents a rich, varied, and provocative collection of literary work that explores Vietnam from many Vietnamese points of view, sees America through a specifically Vietnamese American lens, and broadens the scope of Vietnamese American literature to its fullest extent.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxviii
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  1. A Note on Language
  2. p. xxix
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  1. Part One Tales of Witness
  2. p. 1
  1. from Fallen Leaves, Nguyễn Thị Thu-Lâm
  2. pp. 3-42
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  1. from Shallow Graves, Tran Thi Nga and Wendy Wilder Larsen
  2. pp. 13-19
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  1. from Twenty Years and Twenty Days, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ
  2. pp. 20-28
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  1. from A Thousand Tears Falling, Yung Krall
  2. pp. 29-35
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  1. from A Vietcong Memoir, Truong Nhu Tang with David Chanoff and Doan Van Toai
  2. pp. 36-40
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  1. “Electioneering: Vietnamese Style,” Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai / Le Van Hoanh
  2. pp. 41-47
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  1. from No Passenger on the River, Tran Van Dinh
  2. pp. 48-60
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  1. from Our Endless War: Inside Vietnam, Trần Văn Đôn
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. from In the Jaws of History, Bùi Điệm with David Chanoff
  2. pp. 66-72
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  1. from When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurtz
  2. pp. 73-94
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  1. from The Sacred Willow, Duong Van Mai Elliott
  2. pp. 126-136
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  1. from At Home in America, Nguyen Van Vu with Bob Pittman
  2. pp. 106-112
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  1. from South Wind Changing, Jade Ngọc Quang Huỳnh
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. from The Unwanted, Kien Nguyen
  2. pp. 120-126
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  1. “The Stories They Carried,” Andrew Lam
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. from Catfish and Mandala, Andrew X. Pham
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. Part Two Tales of Imagination
  2. p. 139
  1. from Beyond the East Wind, Duong Van Quyen and Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. The Little Weaver of Thái-Yên Village, Trần Khánh Tuyết
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. from The Land I Lost, Huyhn Quang Nhuong
  2. pp. 154-160
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  1. from Miles from Home, Anna Kim-Lan McCauley
  2. pp. 161-165
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  1. from Monkey Bridge, Lan Cao
  2. pp. 166-182
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  1. From placing the accents, Trương Tran
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. From “Georgia Red Dirt,” Andrew Spieldenner
  2. pp. 187-192
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  1. from Song of the Cicadas, Mộng Lan
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. from In the Mynah Bird’s Own Words, Barbara Tran
  2. pp. 197-201
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  1. from The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
  2. pp. 202-206
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  1. from “the gangster we are all looking for,” lê thi diem thúy
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. from All Around What Empties Out, Linh Dinh
  2. pp. 215-217
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  1. from “Visitors,” Aimee Phan
  2. pp. 218-229
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  1. from Breaking the Map, Kim-An Lieberman
  2. pp. 230-234
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  1. From Living Dead in Denmark, Qui Nguyen
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. “It Was His Story,” Khanh Ho
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 249-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824860189
Related ISBN
9780824834463
MARC Record
OCLC
794925354
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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